The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) gateway chapter’s 10th annual Hunt for a Cure has been RESCHEDULED to May 31, 2020 at Queeny Park in Ballwin, Mo.
“Hunt for a Cure” is a spring egg hunt, educational fair and fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for our mission to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients, survivors and their families. The goal of this event is to bring together and educate community members of all ages about cancer, volunteerism and available patient services.
The annual event has become a tradition for many patients and families.
Forty senior centers and youth groups throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area have volunteered to prepare 80,000 plastic eggs filled with goodies and to spread them throughout five age-appropriate bunny trails, making it the largest and most compassionate family egg hunt in St. Louis. Organizers are expecting 8,000 attendees this year.
FEATURES AND PARTICIPANTS
This year’s Hunt for a Cure features and participants include:
- 20 local radio stations.
- One children’s television station.
- Three children’s hospitals.
- Educational health tents.
- •Nursery rhyme/cartoon characters.
- Petting zoo.
- Horse and pony rides.
- Kids activity zone.
- The LLS bunny’s “EGG-traordinary” entrance via Mercy Children’s Hospital helicopter.
- Additionally, LLS has a table dedicated to promoting the Student Series STEM program for grades K-8. The STEM program provides grade-level appropriate lessons on the human body and how it relates to blood cancer which are aligned with common core standards.
A FAMILY EXPERIENCE
In addition to being a great family experience, Hunt for a Cure is also an opportunity for families who have children currently being treated for cancer to get out of the hospital (if they are well enough) and enjoy some quality family time together.
These patients and families are offered the opportunity to network and build relationships based on support and understanding. Each children’s hospital receives 75 free family passes to distribute to their patients.
The event is also a health educational fair with informative booths and activities for adults and children provided by LLS the local children’s hospitals.
Each year LLS has an Honored Hero from one of the children’s hospitals serving as an inspiration for the fundraisers. This year’s Honored Hero is Luca, a three-year-old battling T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Luca will be on hand at the event collecting as many eggs as he can with his little sister.
In the past 40 years, only four cancer treatments have been approved for use in children with cancer.
The biological drivers of the disease are different in children and new approaches are needed. To that end, LLS is pioneering an unprecedented collaborative clinical trial to fundamentally change the way pediatric blood cancers are treated, while expanding the services and support we provide for children and families. The LLS Children’s Initiative is a $100 million multi-year endeavor that seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects so that young patients with cancer not only survive, but thrive for generations to come.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Event sponsorship is available.
- Donate and/or register for the event at https://events.lls.org/pages/gat/huntforacure2020.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org.