September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and, in recognition of this, the Emily Whitehead Foundation is starting a new fundraising campaign to raise awareness and bring people together in support of one common goal: fighting childhood cancer.

Time and again, as we have met and spoken with families and cancer survivors who make reference to their own support system as their “village”, we are reminded that the efforts of a few can go a long way. They say it takes a village—a village of family and friends, a village of nurses and doctors, a village of neighbors, community members and caring strangers.

While Emily was in treatment, we were blessed with our own village of supporters—including the overwhelming support of our community back home in Philipsburg, Pa. It is this experience with our hometown, as well as the stories of those we have met, that inspired us to turn the popular metaphor into an initiative.

It takes a Village to fight childhood cancer.

Our vision is to bring this village to life by creating a network, or community, of fundraisers, from bake sales and car washes to dress down days and coin collections — anything that brings people and communities together to share in supporting this cause.

So, this September, we welcome you to “Join the Village” that’s fighting childhood cancer. Any fundraiser, no matter the size, big or small, will have an impact.

Follow along with us on social media to see what Village fundraisers are happening near you! Interested in adding your own fundraiser to the Village? Visit for more information.