The G9 Story
The concept for Gold In September (G9) was created by Annie Bartosz, only 11-years-old at the time, who saw the nation turn pink in October for Breast Cancer, and became determined to turn the world GOLD IN SEPTEMBER for kids battling cancer.
Traveling around the country for various treatments with her twin brother Jack, who had his own fight with pediatric cancer, Annie was eyewitness to the critical need for advancement in research and treatments. Annie said, "When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the family and the community. It's devastating. My goal is to get everyone thinking about and wearing gold in September so we can bring an end to childhood cancer."
Though Annie's brother, Jack, passed away in August 2012, his spirit propels her. She said, "If everyone stopped being positive and helpful when things didn't go their way, no one would make a difference. I'm determined to make a difference for kids with cancer."
Combining gold (G) as the national color for childhood cancer and September (9) the ninth month, as the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, G9 was born. Combining impact with simplicity to create a national campaign to raise much-needed awareness by encouraging people to take action. The end result will, ultimately, lead to the development of new childhood cancer therapies and initiatives across the country and bring us closer to cures.