Rally in the Valley Hopes to “Shoot Out Cancer”

Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer. With a numbers like that, you would expect that funding for childhood cancer research would be abundant, but that isn’t the case. Only 4 percent of the federal cancer research budget is allocated to childhood cancer research. rally_primary_2spotAfter experiencing childhood cancer first hand, the families of Walton High School came together to form the Rally Foundation in 2005. Since then, the foundation has gone nationwide and has given more than $5.25 million in research grants and funded 75 cutting-edge projects and fellows.
One of their projects is called “Ryder’s Research.” Ryder is another Walton student who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was only two years old. Considering the lack of research done for childhood cancer, Ryder had no choice but to undergo chemotherapy that was meant for adults. She recovered from her cancer, but still has to experience unpleasant and unpredictable after effects.
For several years, Ryder and her family raised money to find better chemotherapy options for children. From that determination and strength, Rally in the Valley was created. Rally in the Valley is a unique 7 X 7 ladies lacrosse tournament, hosted by Sportabella sportswear, which will take place September 6 and 7 in Raider Valley. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament go to fund “Ryder’s Research.” The public is encouraged to attend the tournament and cheer on the teams as they “shoot out cancer.”

Details: 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, Ga, www.rallyfoundation.org, www.sportabella.com 

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