As of Wednesday, the campaign tallied nearly $180,000.
Supporters have been rallying around 6-year-old Hannah Meeson and her fight against brain cancer, with numerous events staged to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancers. The money goes to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer research charity in the United States.
The latest fundraiser saw some 70 participants turn out to a two-hour aerobic event early Saturday morning at Universal Fitness at Countryside Shopping Village in Savannah.
The Group X Fitness Explosion Fundraiser, held Sept. 28 on the final weekend of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, brought in US$4,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
One participant, Ginny Johnson, raised more than $1,000, with many local businesses chipping in to support the event.
“We were really excited to see how many people showed up on an early Saturday morning to exercise and be strong for this worthwhile cause,” said Antonio Angel of Universal Fitness.
The group plans to make it an annual event to raise awareness of childhood cancer, and to show solidarity and support for Hannah – and all children and their families in Cayman fighting against cancer.
The fitness event came on the heels of a mass head shaving that saw 35 people go bald for the cause – including Hannah’s parents Gaylene and Nigel Meeson. The event raised more than $50,000.
Everything from bake sales and raffles to silent auctions and dress-down days also helped boost the coffers for childhood cancer research. Hundreds of donations, both private and corporate, have been made online.
Hurley’s in Grand Harbour announced Monday it was extending its fundraising campaign for another two weeks. It designates a sushi roll of the day as “Hannah’s Roll,” donating $1 from each sold to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
Worldwide, pediatric cancer claims the lives of more children each year than any other disease.
Donations can still be made online to www.stbaldricks.org/participants/heroesforhannah.