Glenbrook South raised more than $4,750 to support pediatric cancer organizations during the months of September and October.
For a second year in a row, Titan athletic teams sported gold attire at select home games for the school’s “Go Gold” initiative, and volunteers raised money in the stands.
The biggest event, the “Gold Rush,” was held Oct. 5 when the varsity football team took on Maine South. Everyone in the audience was encouraged to wear gold alongside the players, as well as the cheerleaders, poms and marching band, among others.
Brannon Moran, a current Maple (Cove) Middle School student and future Class of 2024 Titan, was honored at the game. Brannon was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 8 years old. He underwent emergency brain surgery, 31 rounds of proton radiation and six months of intensive inpatient chemotherapy. He had to learn how to walk, talk, swallow and even see all over again.
Thanks to his caring friends, family, school, community and organizations such as Cal’s Angels, Brannon received the support he needed to get him through a very challenging time. Now, three and a half years out of treatment, Brannon shows no evidence of the disease.
“Go Gold” is intended to raise community awareness of pediatric cancer and fighters such as Brannon, while also raising money to fund research. The money raised this year will go to Cal’s Angels, The Ted Mullin Fund, Go 4 the Goal and Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
At the game, Brannon was greeted by members of Titan Nation, joined the football team for a warm-up in the fieldhouse, and even conducted the marching band. His mother said the response was amazing.
“We are so grateful our son had the opportunity to represent so many warriors to help raise awareness, money for research and support of pediatric cancer,” Kristin Moran said. “Your support means more than you know.”
The “Go Gold” initiative was launched last year by GBS student Kate Gregory whose brother Luke was battling cancer.
“When my brother was diagnosed, we had so much support from the community – people who knew us and even people who didn’t know us,” Kate said. “I want to make sure that every kid who has pediatric cancer feels that same amount of support.”
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