Sunday Funday Moment: Local non-profit, Gold Out EP, aims at turning El Paso Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
El Paso, Texas– September is childhood cancer prevention month, and the local nonprofit, Gold Out El Paso, is hoping to raise awareness one gold shirt at a time.
“To me, Gold out El Paso is family,” said Valerie Hernandez, mother of Isaiah Santana.
It was in October last year when we first met little Isaiah. During his chemo treatments, Isaiah dressed up as a ghost to take his mind off the sometimes stressful treatments he would receive.
“He just completed his treatment three weeks ago and we’re thankful he came out strong,” Hernandez said, “however we can help these families, we’ll do it because we’ve been there.”
Hernandez is grateful to organizations such as Gold out El Paso, which help not only children battling cancer, but their families as well.
“We’ve all had childhood cancers, which is why we started the organization and we believe they need funding, like money for food, for bills, that’s our whole goal for Gold Out El Paso,” said Suracy Gonzalez, co-founder of gold from El Paso.
Gonzalez’s reason for co-founding Gold Out El Paso is a personal one.
“My daughter Mia was diagnosed with cancer when she was two years old and sadly passed away three years ago and the reason why I am part of this organization is to be blessed anyway and to bring awareness that there are parents like me who are losing their children to cancer and of course to make sure her memory stays alive,” said Gonzalez.
The organization hopes to raise money by selling their Gold Out El Paso t-shirts designed by local t-shirt designers, Viva La Mocha.
“Last year we sold over 3,000 shirts and that’s what we’re using to help these families going through childhood cancer,” Gonzalez says.
Any funds earned from the sale of t-shirts will help the organization collect items or funds needed for children battling cancer and their families.
And this year, the organization hopes to make the city of El Paso gold by asking everyone to light their porches yellow to preserve the memory of those young souls who lost their battle and continue their battle against childhood cancer.
To purchase a t-shirt or to learn more about Gold Out El Paso’s services, click here.