Reporter: Shannon Samson
Web Producer: Kerry Corum
Childhood cancer remains rare in the United States, with about 12,000 cases diagnosed each year.
Still, it turns families upside down, as many in the Tri-State have found out.
And they're finding each other in a special group that tries to raise awareness.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. It wasn't recognized in Evansville until last year, when a group of parents got together to honor the children they'd lost, and cheer on the ones still fighting.
This year, they want to continue this new tradition.
It's a club no one wants to have to join, but these two mothers say they formed it out of necessity. Cancer is striking Tri-State children and, in some cases, killing them.
Are there more cases here than in other places, or does it just seem like it?
That's something Karen is determined to find out, as president of the local Childhood Cancer Awareness league.
Her son John was diagnosed with lymphoma at age seven. Two years later, he's responding well to treatment.
Co-founder of the group, Traci Harris, isn't so lucky. Her son Dylan had the rare alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, and died at age four.
Traci is starting up a Fellowship Bereavement group, for other parents who've lost a child to cancer.
Sign-ups for the group will be at the Gold Ribbon Festival.
At last year's event, Evansville Mayor Russ Lloyd proclaimed it Childhood Cancer Awareness Days. This year, the Mayor of Boonville will do the same.
That's the idea, to get people thinking about the smallest of cancer victims, and to provide support for them.
A walk no one wants to take, at least not alone.
The second annual Gold Ribbon Festival is Sunday, September 7th, at the SWIRCA Activities Center in Evansville, at 2:00 pm.
It will start with a ceremony to honor young cancer patients.
Later, there will be an information and vendor fair, activities for the kids, refreshments and an auto show.
The event is free, and everyone is reminded to wear a gold ribbon throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.