Gold Together is the American Cancer Society’s childhood cancer initiative that empowers individuals to help raise funds to directly support research, education, advocacy, and services, as well as promote cancer prevention efforts that could reduce children’s risk for cancer later in life. Each product in this MudLOVE campaign is inspired by three brave childhood cancer fighters.
Elizabeth inspires us to reach high with our expectations and to never give up because it always seems "Impossible, Until It's Done."
"I’m Elizabeth Weidner, founder of Crowns Fight Cancer, and I’m just a girl changing the world one rhinestone at a time! I was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma shortly after my 12th birthday in 2016. As the 2017 Jr. Miss Effingham County Fair Queen, I recognized the visibility a crown has to create a greater impact by grabbing the attention of the general public, our elected leaders, and other influential individuals. I use my voice and my own journey to advocate, influence, and fight for change for childhood cancer warriors, utilizing the power of media (social, print, television, radio) to reach people all over the world.
There have been countless times where I have set goals, but then my self-doubt started to creep in, making me think I would never be able to accomplish it because it’s too difficult to achieve. I like this mantra because it is saying to just stop overthinking and second guessing yourself and just get going on your goals. Thinking about how hard or impossible it is won’t make it any easier. Accomplishing is the only way to go, which includes working hard, not giving up when the going gets tough, and believing in yourself. The very word ‘impossible,’ after all, says ‘I’m possible!'"
Grace inspires us with the beauty of her words and handwriting “I am their voice.” Her family continues to help others and provide hope and encouragement just as Grace did while fighting cancer.
"Grace had a creative soul with a sweet spirit and most of all she loved to help others. Despite her everyday challenges with cancer, she graduated Summa Cum Laude at her high school. We hope that her diligent work effort, despite her diagnosis will provide the encouragement and hope that you or a friend may need." – Fran Fulcher, Grace’s mother
Victoria inspires us with “Fear Not” as it means that we have family, friends and faith to guide us through the roughest times.
“I was diagnosed on January 31 of 2017 with T-Cell ALL Leukemia and throughout the rough 2 and 1/2 year battle the phrase “Fear Not” can sum up most of it. When I was scared and lonely I had nothing to fear. Due to the amazing doctors and nurses, my great family and friends, finally my bond with God that helped lead my way through leukemia. “Fear Not” means that I always have my family, friends and faith to guide my way through the roughest times.“
Childhood Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1 to 19, and 1 in 266 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. At the American cancer society we are committed to finding ways to partner and bring more awareness and research to families facing childhood cancer.
Learn more about what we’re doing to save lives and prevent suffering at every age and every stage at cancer.org/GoldTogether.
Support the American Cancer Society's fundraiser at: mudlove.com/gold-together