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Gold Ribbon Hero Jayce S

Gold Ribbon Hero Jayce S

Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: My Son Is A Gold Ribbon Hero Because At One Years Old He Is Fighting Cancer. For Two Months Back And Fourth To The Hospital And Getting Sicker And Sicker We Didn’t Know What Was Wrong With Him. Week Or Less He Could Have Been Knocking On Deaths Door To Poor Medical Care At One Hospital But Now We Are At Golisano Children’s Hospital And My One Year Old Baby Is Fighting Back Aganist His Cancer And Gained His Ablilty To Walk Again After Three Months Of Not Being Able To And Now He Has Pushed Himself To Walk Again. He Is His Mommy’s Hero. He’s A Fighter And So Strong Even Through All The Pain He Has A Spirit That Will Melt Your Heart So Precious And Sweet. His Strength For Being So Little Is Remarkable ️ He’s Truly Am Amazing Baby And He’s My Hero” – Cheyenne K

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Gold Ribbon Hero Jene S

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: I first met Jenne almost two years ago, right after our daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia.  She was the first chemo mama that I met and we had an instant bond.  She took me under her wing and held my hand during some of my hardest hours.  She never gave up on our fight despite being in the middle of fighting for her own daughter who has neuroblastoma.  We dreamed of our girls growing up with the bond that only peds oncology patients can have but we recently learned that Jenne’s daughter, Alanna, has relapsed and only has a few weeks left to live.  Jenne’s bravery through their entire fight has inspired so many families who are treated in our clinic.  She is the epitome of grace, strength, and compassion.  She has fought day and night for her daughter and continues to support so many of us who are in the middle of our own cancer battles.  Jenne inspires so many and I would love nothing more than for her to be honored during this difficult time in her family’s story.  Her daughter is leaving behind such an amazing legacy and it’s in part because of the mother who raised and supported her.  Jenne is my gold ribbon hero!  The picture I have included is from the day that Alanna was able to ring the “no more chemo” bell when she was discharged from the hospital after her last treatment, circa February, 2016.” – Jenica Lawrence

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Gold Ribbon Hero Megan C

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: When Megan was 14 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. They found a immature tatratoma with yolk sac carcinoma arising from her right ovary. It grew so big that it engulfed her right ovary and part of her Fallopian tube. They tried to remove the tumor along with her ovary and Fallopian tube with hopes of removing the cancer along with it. Unfortunately, during an extensive 6 hour surgery they realized the tumor had ruptured and had been leaking into her abodes for over a week. They were going to remove everything giving her a hysterectomy at 14 but decided that she was to young. On May 9 2007 doctors called after testing the tumor to confirm what we had already known. She had cancer. Megan was so strong and agreed to have a study test of chemotherapy that gave her more chemo in a shorter amount of time. She just kept saying she “wanted to save the world, or save someone from going through what she did”. She was treated at A.I Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware. She would go in for treatment for 4 days and then 1 day of liquids. Then she would come home for 3 weeks and then repeat. It was announced she was in remission on July 14, 2007. During her treatment process she held it together so well, I was amazed at how strong my little girl was. Fighting like a super hero. She is now 24 and July 14 of this year will be 10 years in remission. She is struggling with After affects of the chemo but she’s working through them. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to have children naturally which is her life long dream to be a mommy but we are figuring it out some how.” – Dorothy C




Megan C

Gold Ribbon Hero Emily N

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Emily is a brave 3yr old girl who is fighting Medduloblastoma.” – Christy N



Emily N

Gold Ribbon Hero Alyssa K

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Alyssa was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer)August 2016. Through the whole process she has shown extreme strength while enduring very difficult times.” – Shaun K


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Gold Ribbon Hero Tobias G

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Toby relapsed ALL in January of this year and since then they have hit him extremely hard with chemo after chemo. He has pulled through with amazing strength, he pushes past the pain he feels with smiles and laughter. He never lets cancer get him down or discourage him, and in moments of weakness he pulls through with his faith in God having a big plan for him. He amazes me and his strength shows mine up on a daily bases.” – Jennifer G


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Gold Ribbon Hero Bernardo B

Gold Ribbon Hero Eli W

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: September of 2014, my son, Eli, was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma.  He has endured 2 tumors, 3 surgeries, 33 days of radiation, and countless scans.  This coming April, it will be 2 years since he finished his radiation so he will have an MRI on his brain and leg plus a CT.  To date all his scans have been clear.  Through this whole adventure,  Eli has made it so easy for everyone else with his great attitude!  He continues to do well in school, play his sports, and be with his friends.  Love him so much!” – Elizabeth W



Eli W

Hauling Away Childhood Cancer


Thursday, March 23rd-Saturday March 25th

Hours: 1-6p Thursday, 10-6p Friday, 9-4p Saturday

Kentucky Expo Center: 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10.

Join Randy M. Manning LLC at the Mid-Atlantic Truck Show for the unveiling of their new childhood cancer awareness truck!

Over 1,000 exhibitors will be in attendance, representing leading companies from the US and abroad- ALL THINGS TRUCKS!

This event is family-friendly, fun, and is a great way to raise awareness by “Hauling Away Childhood Cancer!

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To register for this event, and for more details, click HERE.

If you are planning to attend, make sure you look for their booth in the WEST WING of the Expo Center!


Come support kids with cancer during one of the Nation’s largest truck shows. The $10 registration fee gets you into the event all three days, with a complimentary concert on Friday night! If you are coming from out-of-town and need travel information, please visit this link or url:

There will be a “truck seat” raffle and all proceeds benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). There will also be lots of fun ACCO childhood cancer awareness items to purchase as well.

Approximately, 75,000 people attend this event over the three day period. There will be vendors, displays, demonstrations, entertainment, food and drink, and of course, a good amount of large trucks for the entire family to view. Below are some links to more details about the event:

Tickets are only $10 and are available online through this link (the button above) or at the door. It’s best to purchase tickets in advance as you are able to avoid the lines. Once you register, print out your confirmation page and bring it with you to the event. Each person attending will have to register separately and the printout will need to be exchanged for a badge.

Thank you in advance for your participation and ongoing support for ACCO. We hope to see you there!

Ken Wegner President of ACCO

Ken Wegner, President of The Jel Sert Company, becomes the Board President of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Wegner-KennethThe American Childhood Cancer Organization is proud to announce the appointment of Ken Wegner as their Board President. Ken joins the board with more than 30 years of corporate experience and over 20 years of nonprofit board expertise.

Ken Wegner is President of the Jel Sert Company located in West Chicago, Illinois. The Jel Sert Company was founded by Ken’s grandparents in 1926 and is owned by the Wegner family to this day. Ken started in the company as the Director of Purchasing in 1985, and became President in 1997. Jel Sert is a leading manufacturer of branded, licensed and private label food products distributed nationally to over 60,000 retail outlets, and has over 1000 employees located primarily in the West Chicago area.  Their products include freezer bars, dessert mixes, powdered drink mixes and ready to drink beverages.

Ken believes in adhering to the mission of his grandparents and his father, which was to develop and manufacture high quality, great tasting and innovative food products at a distinct value for the consumer. Ken’s mission is to also share Jel Sert products to ease the journey of children treated for cancer. Recognizing the simple yet important role that freezer pops can have in the day-to-day life of a child or teen with mouth sores as a result of undergoing chemotherapy, Ken started the Take a Pop, Share a Smile program with ACCO in 2010. The program is simple: Jel Sert donates a freezer stocked with 2,000 frozen pops to children’s cancer treatment centers across the U.S. As the Fla-vor-ice and/or Otterpops product runs low, hospital staff simply order more free of charge! Jel Sert also handles any maintenance or replacement of the freezer itself. Through the leadership and generosity of Ken Wegner, Jel Sert has donated more than ONE MILLION freezer pops to more than 115 Children’s hospitals and treatment centers in 37 states across the United States!

Thumbnail Corp EventKen’s leadership and commitment to raising awareness of childhood cancer took on a personal meaning when his own son was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years after he began the “Take a Pop, Share a Smile” program. Since then he has expanded awareness of the devastation and unique needs of childhood cancer to his more than 1,000 employees. In 2016, Jel Sert held ACCO’s first Corporate PJammin event. Employees were invited to wear their PJs to work in tribute to the tens of thousands of children fighting cancer each day across America. Employees were also invited to donate to ACCO to support our numerous programs that help children with cancer and their families who are currently battling this life-threatening disease. ACCO is humbled and grateful for Ken’s willingness to serve as our Board President.

Ken has a BA in Economics and Spanish from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  In addition to being President of ACCO, Ken is Chairman of the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, a board member at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, a member of the Presidential Advisory Board of Denison University and a member of YPO Gold – Chicago.


About American Childhood Cancer Organization: The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization at the forefront of the crucial battle against childhood cancer. The ACCO is dedicated to improving the lives of children living with childhood cancer and its long-term impacts, and to offering critical advice, support, and assistance to families engaged in this life-altering struggle.