September, 2015 in Our Capitol


FreePocketGuide_edited-2September 2015 in our nation’s capitol will be full of activities that will highlight the need for more medical research and an opportunity to show our government that we need to make childhood cancer a national priority.

Below is a schedule of activities that you may find interesting.  As additional information is received, this page will be updated weekly.

A handy Free PocketGuide with maps and locations of all the activities below is now available to print and take with you for all the week’s activities.

Friday and Saturday, September 11, 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ’till

88RichmondTweet_edited-1Richmond International Raceway will host two races where Childhood Cancer Awareness will be seen. On Friday, Richmond will run the Virginia College529 Xfinity 250. JR Motorsports will have three cars entered in the race. Each will feature Gold Ribbons in the rear quarter panels and the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month banner JRMS_edited-1on the trunk lid. Look for the #7 Tax Slayer Bowl car, the #9 Napa Auto Parts car, and the #88 Speedco car to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Saturday the Raceway is Going GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness and to honor Jeff Gordon’s work in pediatric cancer advocacy and funding. The track will have a gold start/finish line, gold ribbons on the walls, staff will be decked out in gold shirts and a lot of other pre-race activities to bring attention to Childhood Cancer. Toyota will have a pace car with gold ribbons.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015,  3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rally for Medical Research Hill Day Training Session and Reception

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 2.58.42 PMThe Rally for Medical Research is both a call to action for Congress to make medical research a national priority, and a means by which to raise awareness with the general public about the importance of continued investment in medical research through the National Institutes of Health.  The training session will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, while the reception will be held in the Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell 325) at 5:30 p.m.. For more information, contact Mary Lee Watts ( or Jon Retzlaff (  Register to attend here!

 Thursday, September 17, 2015,  7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rally for Medical Research Hill Day Breakfast Program and Congressional Meetings.  

facebook-pictureBreakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel followed by a short meeting. Meetings will be scheduled for participants with their individual Senators and Congressional Representatives. It’s a great opportunity to meet the people from your state and district that are representing you in Washington. This is your opportunity to let them know how valuable research is to you, your family, and our economy.  For more information, you may contact by email Mary Lee Watts ( or send email to Jon Retzlaff ( Register here to attend.


Thursday, September 17, 2015,  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Golden Toast honoring  members of  The Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.


This is a invitation only event to be held at Stanton and Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SW, Washington, Washington, DC.

The child friendly event marks the sixth year of the cancer caucus and will  honor the Congressmen and their staffs for the tireless work they have invested over the years. 

Dress is business casual with a lot of emphasis on Golden accessories.  For more information, contact Annette Leslie (

Thursday, September 17, 2015,   6:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.

2015  A Celebration of Life Gala and Dinner Reception by Hyundai Hope on Wheels, 

IMG_2902This is a invitation only event.  Hyundai Motor Company will be celebrating seventeen years involvement and over $100,000,000 in grants and contributions to childhood cancer research they have made during that time. For this wonderful event, Hyundai will bring together some of their top participating dealers, cancer researchers, oncologists, representatives of major medical institutions and the object of everyone’s attention, the children and their families that have been affected by cancer.

Friday, September 18, 2015   9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Childhood Cancer Caucus Summit

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.The 2015 Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus is a bipartisan caucus serving as a public policy clearinghouse for information on pediatric cancer and to be a forum for Members of Congress to work together to address this critical issue. The Caucus of over 100 congressional members strives to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, advocate in support of measures to prevent the pain, suffering and long-term effects of childhood cancers, and work toward the goal of eliminating cancer as a threat to all children. Congressmen Michael McCaul and Chris Van Hollen serve as the Co-Chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus.  The event will be in the Congressional Auditorium, Capital Building Visitors Center. For more information, contact Andy Taylor (Andy.Taylor@Mail.House.Gov)

Saturday, September 19, 2015 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Rally’s #MoreThan4 Walk to Capitol

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 5.16.36 AMThis is an unofficial CureFest event that is being organized by Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. 
Here is a preliminary schedule:
1:00-1:30 p.m.: Gather at J.W. Marriott hotel to make signs and discuss the rally
1:30 -2:00 p.m.: Walk to Capitol as a group
2:00-2:15 p.m.: Take group photo
2:15-2:45 pm.: Walk back to hotel
The majority of rally participants will be attending the Welcome Event which begins at 4 p.m. at the same hotel where this Rally walk begins.
Please RSVP with names of those attending to Rally is required to have a firm headcount for the rally.  This is very important.

Saturday, September 19, 2015   4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CureFest Welcome Reception

2014CurefestRecept_edited-1A welcoming event the night before CureFest at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20004. This event is intended to be a casual family-friendly event being hosted by a group of foundations from the Washington-area. The event will feature dinner, a short speaking program, live music and activities for the children. Cost of this event is $35 and includes dinner and dessert. The welcome event is sponsored by several childhood cancer organizations which have defrayed the original expenses of the event. Following the event, we will walk as a group, two blocks to the White House for a candlelight vigil and rally. Register here.

Saturday, September 19, 2015  7:30p.m to 9:00 p.m

A Night of Golden Light

10698652_10152397941950665_5842703728529277096_nThis event will take place at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.  Night of Golden Light is a CureFest candlelight rally to honor the children taken by cancer and all those still in the fight. Children, their families and advocates will gather in front of the White House holding gold lights. The mission of the rally is to generate public awareness for childhood cancer. This event open to the public and  is free to all participants.


Sunday, September 20, 2015  10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

CureFest Events

CureFest is an annual festival in Washington, DC that is the key component of the growing childhood cancer movement. CureFest is held in the Nation’s Capital each September in an effort to make childhood cancer a national priority. It is an opportunity for the childhood cancer community, the general public and elected leaders to come together as One Voice against childhood cancer. The ultimate goal is safer treatments and better outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer.

Curefestmall_edited-1Over 100 childhood cancer foundations and groups are expected to attend CureFest. Over 1,000 individuals have indicated they will be attending. It is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages. The event will include live music, entertainment, and various presentations by children and adults impacted by childhood cancer. Featured will be moving tributes for children who have or have had cancer. CureFest, again this year, will be held on the newly-renovated main Mall close to the U.S. Capitol. It is a very prominent location and is very close to public transportation, food vendors and public restrooms. Go to the CureFest Facebook page and “like” the page so you can be updated on all the information as it happens.

Registration is now open for CureFest for Childhood Cancer 2015! Be a part of the growing childhood cancer movement and attend this important event on the National Mall in Washington, DC on September 19th and 20th.  Join the CureFest Walk. Go to to register for all events.

For the second time, CureFest will include a 3-mile walk on the National Mall. Participants will enjoy historic views of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, The World War II Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and The White House.

CureFestWalk2015_edited-1The CureFest Walk is intended to increase the participation by the general public. Successful charity walks in the Washington-area typically start small but eventually attract several thousand participants within a few years of being established. There is a registration fee to help offset the costs of the event. Register and get a free T-Shirt.

You can register for the CureFest Walk and the Welcome Event at: Registration is not required for CureFest attendees not participating in the Walk and registration is not required for “A Night of Golden Lights.” These are both free.

For more information about CureFest visit the CureFest web page.

September 29, 2015  7:00 PM.

American Cancer Society Lights of Hope

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be honoring those who have been touched by cancer and remembering those lost, with a Lights of Hope 8393404216_550b3d4f64_zceremony  on September 29, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Lights of Hope  luminaries bearing the names of those touched by cancer will line the Capitol Reflecting Pool the evening of September 29th at the Nation’s Capitol. For additional information, please contact David Pugach at .

This page will be updated every week, please check back for changes and additions.

Author: Joe Baber


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    Show up in Washington and let your voice be heard for your grandchildren!

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