Gold In September (G9) is a childhood cancer non-profit dedicated to increasing funding for childhood cancer research and initiatives by growing awareness that inspires action to help every child, everywhere. G9 directly funds Early Phase Trials, bringing the newest, most promising treatments to kids faster. Utilizing a noble model of inspiring the world to GROW GOLD to raise awareness and meet the mission, G9 directly benefits the entire childhood cancer community with gold alliance, resulting in increased funding and support for all childhood cancer initiatives. Childhood cancer is an urgent health crisis, and through global research, strategic partners, and an altruistic and innovative approach, G9 is the catalyst for change. Gold is the national color for pediatric cancer and September is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month; together they make G9.
G9 was founded by Annie Bartosz, an 11-year old girl from Hartland, WI, who lost her twin brother to cancer in 2012. She saw the world turn pink in October for breast cancer and became determined to unite the world for kids battling cancer, through the color GOLD. A quick history:
- 2006 Sarah and John Bartosz, Annie's parents, founded the I Back Jack Foundation, Inc. in 2006 following the unthinkable diagnosis of their son, Jack, with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric cancer. The I Back Jack Foundation, Inc. is 501(c)3 public charity organized to support pediatric oncology research. The I Back Jack Foundation has raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research.
- 2007-2011 Despite a variety of treatments, relapes for Jack occur in 2009, 2010 and 2011 forcing the Bartosz family to travel the country in search of a cure. The I Back Jack Foundation raises over $1.25 Million for pediatric neuroblastoma research.
- 2012 Jack finds his ultimate cure in Heaven after 6 years and 11 months of treatments, trials and tribulations. Jack's indomitable spirit, joyous personality, and happy attitude affected all who knew him.
- late 2012 Annie’s idea to turn the world gold during the month of September inspired Gold In September® (G9). G9 is unique because it focuses on all children … fighting all cancers … in all regions of the country with a golden umbrella of optimism for the future.
- 2014 Aaron Rodgers walks door to door with Annie across Hartland, WI, to raise awareness for all childhood cancers through the color gold.
- 2015 Annie is awarded one of The 100 Everyday Amazing by the Mass General Cancer Center for her philanthropic work with childhood cancer, and powerfully reminded everyone that, "You can’t win the fight against this awful disease with just the people who are trying to fight it, that’s like trying to win a war with only the wounded.”
- 2015 The first Golden Celebration is held. In attendance were Green Bay Packer players as well as 5 James Beard Award winning chefs. Guests and sponsors raising over $500,000.
- early 2016 Annie's dad, John Bartosz, passed away at age 47, from the long term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation treatments that saved him in his 20s, but ultimately cost him his life in his 40s. This is a very real reality for many childhood cancer survivors, and another example why current treatments aren't enough and that research is the path to cures. John fought hard, was the ultimately believer in hope, and helped shape the vision that launched G9 to honor his children, Jack, Annie and Tommy, and to secure a future of survival for all children diagnosed with cancer. His legacy is forever remembered through G9.
- September 2016 The second annual Golden Celebration takes place in the Golden month of September. Guests raised $600,000 in support of childhood cancer research.
- 2017 and Beyond G9 will continue to #growGOLD for every child, everywhere until the ultimate cures for childhood cancer are discovered and no more children suffer from these diseases.
Gold In September® Charitable Trust is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions are tax deductible. Gold In September® is further classified as a public charity.
G9 Board of Trustees
Annie Bartosz, Founder of Gold In September (G9)
Sarah Bartosz, President of Gold In September (G9)
Beth Lunow, Executive Director of Gold In September (G9)
Dave Drury, Chair of G9 Board, Partner Wing Capital Group
John Shinners, Vice Chair of G9 Board, Owner & CEO of JTS Direct
Rory Leyden, Secretary of G9 Board, President & CEO of Hoffmaster Group, Inc.
Shanna Cox, M.D., Total Pediatrics of Orange County & Advocate
Pete Monfre, VP of Sales Clear Channel Outdoor
Anthony Fuerst, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Chellee Siewert, President of Capture Marketing, LLC
Ron Troy, Business Attorney RonTroy LLC
Jason Wilde, Sportswriter ESPN Wisconsin
*Thank you to John Bartosz, Managing Attorney of The Kingsbury Firm, LLC, who helped shape the vision that launched G9 to honor of his children, Jack, Annie and Tommy, and to secure a future of survival for all children diagnosed with cancer. John passed away on March 28, 2016 from the long term effects of chemotherapy and radiation from when he was in his 20s. We continue to miss you, John, and be inspired by your incredible impact on the world and those around you.
Honorary Board Member
Brian Anderson, Broadcaster
National Advisory Board Members
Jennifer Bartolotta, CEO of Train-2-gain
Peggy Troy, President & CEO Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Cindy Milgram, Special Projects Coordinator
Carol Burns, Communications Manager
Beckie Thompson, Youth Program Manager
Current Job Opportunities
We are excited to announce that we currently have one position available that will support G9 in changing the future of childhood cancer. Please provide your resume, portfolio (if applicable), references, and why you are interested in G9 to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you!