More than 3,000 people step out to fight children's cancer

Fighting childhood cancer one step at a time

PHOENIX - When most of us see a pink ribbon, we immediately think "Komen" and "breast cancer," but do you know the gold ribbon stands for childhood cancer, which gets less than 5 percent of federal funding? 

More than 3,000 people ran and walked in the Run to Fight Children's Cancer to change that. 

It's the largest race in Arizona dedicated to raising funds solely for pediatric cancer. 

Since 2011, it has raised more than $500,000, which goes directly to local families with kids battling the disease. 

"Those funds have helped to place a part time therapist into Phoenix Children's Hospital," said Debbie Accomazzo, director of the race. 

Money raised also helps pay for anything from gas and food for families with children battling cancer, to wigs, and everything in between.

"There are some families who have to make the decision between groceries for the week and gas for a chemo appointment, it is that serious," said Accomazzo. 

"It's underfunded, and not many people know much about pediatric cancer," said Ann Hyduchak, mother of Jace Hyduchak, 6, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 5 years old.  

The Hyduchak's have since had some good news about Jace. 

"He's doing really well, and he's here today. He's happy, playing sports. He's going to school. He's doing everything a 6-year-old should be doing," said Hyduchak. 

Their entire family and friends came out to the race Saturday to help raise money and awareness for others going through the same situation.

"We're here to support, raise funds, and make the gold ribbon as well known as that pink ribbon," she said. 

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