News and Stories
September 27, 2023
Gold Ribbon Ball 2023
On the evening of Saturday, September 2nd, Danielle, Sophie, and Harrison came together with hearts full of love and hope to kick off September Cancer Awareness Month in the most beautiful way possible – by hosting the annual “Gold Ribbon Ball.” This special event was a heartfelt tribute to their beloved son and brother, William, and an occasion to stand in solidarity with all the incredible children and families who have been touched by the profound impact of cancer.
The “Gold Ribbon Ball” is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of courage, resilience, and the enduring spirit of those who have faced a childhood cancer diagnosis. It’s a night where we gather to embrace families and children who have battled against the odds, to listen to their stories of survival that inspire us, and to remember, with heavy hearts, those who are no longer with us.
But amidst the poignant moments and shared tears, there is a powerful undercurrent of joy and unity. The “Gold Ribbon Ball”. It’s a night when the community comes together, not only to remember and grieve but also to uplift one another.
During this extraordinary evening, much-needed funds were raised to provide financial support to families navigating the treacherous waters of a cancer diagnosis. These funds are a lifeline for those facing the daunting array of medical bills, treatments, and emotional strain that cancer brings into their lives.
“Watching any child go through cancer treatment is hard, and when it is your own child, it’s heartbreaking. There is nothing worse than seeing your child be so sick from both cancer and its treatment. The effect on families is hard, emotionally, physically, and financially. When we lost our youngest family member to Neuroblastoma in 2018, we decided we wanted to help make a difference.
This is why we started the Gold Ribbon Ball: a way to not only create awareness of childhood cancers but also to give back to a charity that gives 100% of funds to families in need while their child goes through treatment.
“Every child is worth the fight!” – Danielle, Sophie & Harrison SmithWilliam's Story