Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Childhood Cancer Awareness Night at Magik Theatre

By:  Jenni Morin

Reid Smith
Each year, 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. One out of every five children diagnosed will die, making pediatric cancer the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children ages one to 14. Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., Theatre for Change will team up with the San Antonio Rampage and Magik Theatre to provide a night of fun and support for families and children from Little Fighter Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing emotional and financial support to families with children affected by cancer. This childhood cancer awareness night will give Rampage hockey players and their cancer buddies an opportunity to escape from the world of cancer treatments into the world of theatre while seeing the Magik Theatre's production of Rapunzel. Doors will open a 5 p.m. and there will be a small reception following the performance

As part of the the Rampage's Face Off Against Kids Cancer program, children suffering from cancer will have the opportunity to meet Rampage hockey players and cast members from Rapunzel. The Face Off Against Kids Cancer program pairs Rampage hockey players with children devastated by cancer from the Centers for Oncology and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The program aims to help players forge lasting relationships with their respective buddies over the course of the season.

Little Fighter Foundation strives to create public awareness of childhood cancer and advocates finding a cure. With the incidence of invasive pediatric cancers up to 29% in the past 20 years and only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget used for pediatric funding in 2009, this cause is in dire need of support. Half of all chemotherapies used for children's cancers are 25 years old, possibly resulting in physical and neurocognitive disabilities from treatment and preventing childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social acitivities and eventually work.

Taking on the theme "Magik is in the HEART, not the HAIR," Magik Theatre's production helps support the theatre's mission to nurture love and understanding of theatre and literature by providing extraordinary, affordable, and professional theatre and education experiences for children.

To purchase tickets and show your support for Little Fighter Foundation and childhood cancer awareness night, visit www.magiktheatre.org.

1 comment:

  1. What a great sounding event. I am a huge supporter of childhood cancer awareness. I cannot believe how many children do not get to experience childhood because of their illness. I always make sure to make donations to a couple foundations throughout the year and I always have my cancer awareness ribbons on my purse and jackets. Hopefully the event went smoothly. Thanks so much for raising awareness about this illness.