Colors For A Cause raising awareness for childhood cancer - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Colors For A Cause raising awareness for childhood cancer

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

Colors for a Cause raised awareness and funding to help fight childhood cancer. The nonprofit organization held its first annual "Be Bold Go Gold" 5k run and one mile walk Saturday morning in Westlake.

"We had more than 400 people participating in the run and walk, but we expect more than a thousand to come through here today at Pinederosa Park. We have a bike run and fun jumps for the kids. The turn out has been great," said Todd Parker, with Colors for a Cause.

According to Parker on average 46 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. every day. Seven of those diagnosed lose their battle. The Colors for a Cause organization is the legacy of 10 year old Brennan Daigle who lost his battle with cancer in May of 2011.

"I would just like for everybody to look around at some of the families that have a child with cancer and see how you can help them out because these families are under a tremendous burden. If you know of a family put them in contact with Colors for a Cause Louisiana and we will try to help them the most that we can," said Parker.

Chase Smith, 8, is a cancer survivor and walked with family and friends to raise awareness. He was diagnosed with leukemia at 4 years old after his mom and swim instructor detected early signs.

"My swim teacher noticed me swimming under because I was supposed to be kicking up and then my mom saw I had a lot of bruises on my leg and then they brought me to the doctor and that's how I got diagnosed," said Smith.

All proceeds raised will help Colors for a Cause continue their mission of helping cover expenditures for families dealing with childhood cancer.

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