Pediatric cancer remains the number one killer among childhood diseases. Thirteen-year-old Annie Bartosz experienced firsthand the devastating toll pediatric cancer can take on a family. Her twin brother, Jack, died at age 10 of neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer that he bravely and positively fought for nearly seven years
After Jack’s death, Annie asked her parents, John and Sarah, whether pediatric cancer had a “color” and “month” like pink represents breast cancer awareness in October. When they told her the color was gold, and September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Annie wondered why only families who had been touched by pediatric cancer knew about its color and month. So, she decided to change that.
Annie launched the Gold in September Childhood Cancer Project, which she calls “G9,” to raise awareness and financial support for childhood cancer research and new treatments. G9’s vision is to color the world gold so every child everywhere will survive cancer. Along the way, Annie’s had help getting the word out from celebrities like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who befriended Jack during his battle with cancer.
G9 provides support to the Children’s Oncology Group Project: EveryChild, which banks cancer cells from pediatric cancer patients across North America for study and treatment development by the group’s member research centers. G9 also contributes to 27 pediatric cancer Centers of Excellence across the US and Canada.
“Gold in September has grown from Annie’s love of her twin brother into a groundswell of support that has reached far beyond her town of Hartland, Wisconsin,” says nominator Debra Cordeiro. “I cannot think of anyone else who embodies ‘Everyday Amazing’ more than Annie Bartosz!”
Annie Bartosz is coloring the world gold to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. Story told by Jordan Rich of The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Visit www.theonehundred.org to learn more and meet the rest of our honorees.