September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Lace Up for Kids 2022

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Each year, more than 400,000 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer; however, advancements in care and treatment have, in many cases, not changed in decades. That’s why we’re determined to change the future for kids with cancer and their families. 

Join us this September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, as we all shine a light on the realities of childhood cancer and emphasize the importance of life-saving research with the Solving Kids’ Cancer Lace Up For Kids Program! 

All you have to do is go gold for childhood cancer, and swap your white laces for our Solving Kids’ Cancer gold shoelaces while you work to raise awareness and fundraise for pediatric cancer.


Laces by the Numbers

Launched in 2017, the Lace Up for Kids program has participants from all 50 U.S. states and is celebrated worldwide — thanks to the power of our supporters, social media, and some awesome gold shoelaces. Here’s a glimpse at last year’s success. 

2021 Stats

Last year was an incredible year for Lace Up for Kids, and we’re looking forward to another successful year in 2022. Here are some of the highlights from last year’s program: 
          • 26,000 pairs of laces worn
          • 24,000+ participants
          • Participants from all 50 U.S. states 
          • Participants from 6 countries around the world 
          • Over $90,000 raised!


How To Participate in Lace Up for Kids 2022

It’s easy to participate in the Lace Up for Kids program. Here’s how to get started.

1. Care

Register for Lace Up for Kids to show you care about childhood cancer and create your fundraising page. It’s quick and easy!  

2. Wear

Keep an eye on your mailbox because your laces are on the way! Once they arrive, swap out your regular laces for the gold ones this September and GO GOLD for kids! 

3. Share

Spread the word about your fundraiser and ask your friends and family to support your efforts! Also, don’t forget to share your unique fundraising campaign link on social media along with #CareWearShare.


Other Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in the Lace Up for Kids program. Here are a few fun ways supporters take it to the next level: 

          • Register as a team captain and ask friends and family to join you in fundraising!
          • Get your sports team to go gold for childhood cancer and order laces in bulk. We’ve seen baseball, basketball, cheer, and football teams participate.
          • Get your entire school involved and host an informational table sharing more about September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Lace Up for Kids program.
          • Take your laces wherever you go! Just don’t forget to take a picture and post it to your social channels asking your friends and family to help you fundraise.


A Message From a Cancer Mom & Childhood Cancer Advocate

Woman smiling while holding a basket of gold shoelacesWhile Lace Up For Kids is a Nationwide awareness campaign, its strength comes from all of the individual communities rallying behind children fighting cancer. 

Our first local Lace Up for Kids campaign on Long Island, NY,  was in 2018 with a single girls’ U9 soccer team. In our 5th year, “Smithtown Goes Gold” is now a town-wide and school district-wide event — and a simple way to honor kids (and families) fighting cancer.

Table covered in red tablecloth with gold shoelaces and a banner saying "Childhood Cancer Awareness"

I first got involved with Solving Kids’ Cancer to honor my son’s journey. Together we are committed to continuing to raise awareness and research funds to accelerate innovative treatments and potential cures for the most difficult to treat pediatric cancers. Join us and swap out your shoelaces to #GoGold!

-Amy B., cancer mom & advocate 


Ready to Join Us?

Together, let’s make a GOLD statement during September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and show the world that we’re dedicated to supporting childhood cancer patients and their families and finding new and innovative treatment options — because Every Kid Deserves to Grow Up®

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