St. Jude’s Family Fun Day attracts many people to Lansing and raises money for cancer research in children | Mountain times
LANSING – Despite cloudy skies and the occasional rainfall, crowds gathered at Lansing’s Creeper Trail Park on September 18 for an afternoon of fun and philanthropy at the annual St. Jude’s Family Fun Day. The event is held annually in honor of Ashe’s local Meagan Prize and brings together thousands for childhood cancer research.
The event included Price’s friends and family, as well as a legion of community-minded volunteers who came together to make the celebrations happen and do their part in the fight against childhood cancer.
“This was inspired by a dear friend of mine and many members of our committee; her name was Meagan Price and she died of childhood cancer in 2016, ”said Abby Sullivan, volunteer at the event and friend of Price. “This is our aim to give back to the children and families who suffer the same as Meagan.”
The event featured a variety of craft vendors and events throughout the day, including live music, pumpkin painting, a silent auction, a duck race, a corn hole tournament, and a diving booth.
“It was absolutely amazing. I was very excited to see Lansing Park which is a pretty big park that is crowded with handicrafts sellers, horse rides, various stalls, bouncy castles and all sorts of stuff, ”said Sullivan of this year’s event. “It’s been going very well so far.”
By 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the event had already raised around $ 17,000 of its $ 50,000 goal. The following day (September 19), the event’s Facebook page announced that this year’s Family Fun Day has raised $ 41,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The surge of community support gave peace to many attendees at the event, some of whom had traveled from overseas to attend Charity Day.
“I got here at midnight last night,” said JT Price, a friend of Meagan’s who was driving down from Pennsylvania to attend Family Fun Day. “It’s a lot bigger than I thought. I heard it was a big event and when I showed up I couldn’t even get a parking space up there. It makes me happy, I enjoy seeing people come together to support the community and the St. Jude’s Foundation. “
Similarly, Price’s family members thanked the community and the volunteers who helped make the event happen.
“I think it’s wonderful, we are so blessed. Meagan was important to so many people, ”said Meagan’s grandmother Rose Price. “What we do here, every penny goes to St. Jude’s. What we’re doing here, let’s hope it makes a difference, we know it’ll make a difference. “
According to St. Jude’s, only four percent of government funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer research.
Although this year’s event is over, people can still donate to this noble cause by visiting tinyurl.com/4fr8vbuh.