‘Emmy’s Evening of Hope’ fundraiser brings awareness for childhood cancer

Posted: Sep 14. 2021 / 3:51 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 14. 2021 / 3:51 PM EDT

Courtesy of the American Cancer Society

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — On Friday, the Jovevski family with the help of Eel River Elementary will host the first-ever Emmy’s Evening of Hope at Huntertown Park to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) said this event was inspired by Emily Jovevski who was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma at age 14 and fought bravely against cancer for five years.

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“Emily dreamed of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse to help children with cancer and so we continue to raise awareness and funds for more research in honor of her dream,” said Jodi Jovevski, Emily’s mother. “Because childhood cancer research is consistently underfunded, it was important for us to do this in hopes that we can help fund research that will lead to better outcomes and treatments for children everywhere.”

This free community event features live music from the Way Back Boys, games for kids, activities and a silent auction. There will also be a number of food trucks from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Chick-fil-A, Rusty’s Ice Cream and a’Roma Pizza.

All funds raised through this event will benefit Gold Together, the American Cancer Society’s childhood cancer initiative, according to ACS. This will contribute to the more than $40,000 the Jovevski family has raised through the Northwest Allen County Schools Relay For Life.

“We are looking forward to a great event and hope the community will come to support these brave children everywhere and be a voice,” said Jodi Jovevski. “We look forward to honoring Emily and all the families in our community who have endured this terrible disease.”

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More than 15,500 children and adolescents in the US will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. It remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children and adolescents ages 1-19 in the United States.

For more information on Emmy’s Evening of Hope, email Jodi Jovevski at djjeo69@hotmail.com.

For more information about childhood cancer or Gold Together, call the American Cancer Society for 24/7
cancer support and questions at 1-800-227-2345.

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