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Bucs help raise awareness of fight against pediatric cancer



A 24-foot long “Wall of Hope” will remain posted outside One Buc Place during September to mark National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s a simple and small reminder designed to raise awareness of efforts to care for the many children afflicted by the disease.

But for the families gathered at the team’s headquarters this afternoon, it was much more.

The Bucs invited families with children fighting cancer to a spirited event attended by general manager Mark Dominik, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, quarterback Josh Freeman, running back Doug Martin and others.

Members of the organization joined the families and Nancy Crane, executive director of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, in running through a banner representing the barriers being broken down in battling pediatric cancer.

They signed the Wall of Hope to further signify their commitment to the cause. Dominik has consistently shown his, , serving on the Foundation’s board. Long snapper Andrew Economos is an honorary board member.

According to the Foundation, 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the U.S. Every four hours, a child loses their battle with cancer.

Today, the Bucs hoped they took at least a small step toward reducing those grim figures.

[Last modified: Monday, September 3, 2012 11:36pm]


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