DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Childhood cancer is no small deal. According to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an American pediatric cancer charity, less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.
This is why the people of the Dothan Fire Department are doing their part to help fund research for childhood cancer by hosting the “Going for the Gold” fight to cure childhood cancer event.
“We are raising funds as well as awareness for childhood cancer research,” the Coordinator of the event, David Hasty said. “And that research takes place in Birmingham, Alabama.”
But the fire department isn’t just raising this money for a good cause, but a cause that has personally impacted a member.
“Years ago, my daughter, morgan hasting, passed away with cancer,” said Hasty. “And when she was diagnosed with cancer that was when the family of the fire department kind of surrounded, come together, pull together. And they decided this is the best thing we can do here. Come together and raise awareness as well as the funds to support the research for this childhood cancer.”
The community is welcomed to come out to Westgate soccer fields on Saturday at 3 o’clock when the events will start.
There will be a cornhole tournament, ax throwing, a food truck vendor and a 5k fun-run will cap off the evening starting at 6.
Hasty says, one of his favorite parts of this event is watching people come together for a common cause.
“It’s warming to our hearts to see the community come together for anything,” said Hasty. “Especially, in the times we have been here in the last few years. So this is one thing we can all come together on and fight against and that’s childhood cancer.”
You can register for the 5k fun run and purchase a t-shirt at dothanfd.org under the events tab.