Virtual CureFest 2020 – September 26
Childhood cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic so neither can we! With that in mind, CureFest 2020 will take place this September 26 but in a new interactive virtual format that will allow many more families from across the world to participate in their own communities.
While we will not be hosting an in-person event in our Nation’s Capital, 2020 promises to be our widest-reaching CureFest in its 8-year history.
Due to the many health, travel and permitting issues related to COVID-19, we made the decision to put energy into bringing you a first-class, inter-connected experience through the use of social media, smart phone technology and exercise.
Despite the new format, our mission has not changed. CureFest will continue to unite the childhood cancer community, increase awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for more funding for research.
Here are some of the new features of CureFest:
One Voice Walks
Rather than one large walk in Washington, DC, this year will feature hundreds of informal neighborhood One Voice walks around the country. Some walks may involve one person and others might involve many families. Customized banners with the name of your group, organization or community will be available for purchase at cost.
Custom CureFest App
Participants will be interconnected virtually through an interactive, custom app that will count the group’s steps for the day. Based on the number of participants, we will have a group goal for steps taken on September 26. There will also be unique ways for families to share updates and words of encouragement with other families.
Personalized Video Tribute for fighters, survivors and angels
This year, families will have the opportunity to honor their child by submitting a short, personalized video. Each video submitted will be edited into a tribute video that will be shared on social media on September 26 and beyond.
30-minute CureFest Webcast
CureFest program with speakers and performers which will be streamed on September 26, 2020 prior to the community walks.
Honor Beads and Medals
Families will have the opportunity to purchase honor beads and medals for survivors, fighters and siblings. We will also have a special tribute for children who have passed away from childhood cancer.
Families will be encouraged to hold small candlelight vigils in their own yards or neighborhoods the evening of September 26.
In addition, the CureFest Team is working on other enhancements to this year’s event. We will post details throughout the summer.