September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

On August 30th, Harmony Square was filled with people who came to show their support for awareness of childhood cancer. Help A Child Smile and the City of Brantford came together to host the event, and Joshua and Dean went behind the scenes to learn all about it.

The event started at 4:30 p.m., and with the help of volunteers and members of community groups such as Help a Child Smile, the day was filled with music, singing, dancing, face painting, and food. Celebrating its second year of raising awareness in Harmony Square, event coordinators were thrilled at the turn out from the community. While the event was not a fundraising venue, the volunteer table was still taken aback by the number of donations received.

“For every one person who becomes aware of childhood cancer, they are able to take action. Whether they donate blood, or make a stem cell donation, or even with a monetary donation to organizations specifically aimed at supporting childhood cancer and research.”

– Michelle Read, Help a Child Smile

The formal part of the event kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with a cry from the town crier declaring September childhood cancer awareness month and was followed up with speeches and proclamations from the coordinators and public officials. Jordan Thorne, a survivor and advocate for childhood cancer awareness, talked about his life dealing with cancer and how his family, friends, and Help a Child Smile helped him through it. While speaking of how you can help and approach someone dealing with cancer, he stated “even if you don’t know what to say, just give them a hug.”

At exactly 8:00 p.m., the fountain in the square was illuminated with a gold light to remind that the gold ribbon is the official symbol of childhood cancer awareness. All in all, the event was a great success, and everyone left with smiles on their faces; though more than a few took up seats around the fountain to enjoy the lights.

If you would like to show your support and/or help with the various campaigns and events that Help a Child Smile coordinates, you can donate and find out more information at

Submitted by: Joshua Wall

Photography: Dean Ellis