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Thomasville is going gold for childhood cancer research

Gold ribbons line the streets of downtown Thomasville Gold ribbons line the streets of downtown Thomasville
Sharon Johnson is the Founder of Team Thomasville Sharon Johnson is the Founder of Team Thomasville
Mimi's will host a fundraiser Saturday Mimi's will host a fundraiser Saturday
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Folks around Thomasville and Bainbridge are going gold and teaming up to raise awareness for the number one disease killer of children.

September is Childhood Cancer awareness month and bright gold ribbons line the streets of Downtown Thomasville.

It's been five years since Sharon Johnson's daughter Julia was diagnosed with Leukemia. 

Thankfully she's now cancer free.

Johnson said, "Hugging her doctor goodbye, and knowing that we won't go back there again unless we visit, is a really good feeling."  

But Johnson knows many families are not so lucky. 

Johnson said, “We've met so many families and fell in love with so many families who have not been so fortunate.  Their children have not survived or have survived with long-term side effects.”

Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the nation, but Johnson said the Federal government is cutting funding for research.

Johnson said, “It's so important that we continue to fund smaller organizations such as Cure Childhood Cancer or Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to help make up the difference where the government is cutting."

To help make up for those cuts, Johnson teamed up with Mimi's to host a fundraiser this weekend.

Mimi's Manager Caitlyn Lang said, “We will have a whole fall gold section and gold balloons outside so you can't miss it. And we'll donate 10 percent of the proceeds from Saturday's sales towards raising awareness for childhood cancer.”

Johnson said she's grateful for the community's involvement, but she knows there's a lot more work ahead. 

Johnson added, “The overall cure rate of childhood cancer is 80 percent, which is good. But we're still losing that 20 percent. And so we're doing what we're doing, fighting, to save that other 20 percent.”

Saturday's fundraising lasts all day at Mimi's.

You can also purchase gold ribbons at any Stones Home Centers.

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