11-year-old Tallahassee girl raises more than $12K for childhood cancer charities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Leon County Schools and people affected by childhood cancer were encouraged to wear gold all Friday.

The Moore Bass Consulting agency teamed up with Hang Tough this morning to hold a special event in Midtown honoring children who have had cancer.

Eleven-year-old Katelyn Irwin also announced today that she has raised more than $12,000 for cancer charities including the Hang Tough Foundation, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Trent’s Touch.

“Every year they have a breast cancer awareness day at school, so I started Go Gold Day,” Irwin said. “It feels really good that people are supporting me in what I do and raising $12,000 for three campaigns is pretty awesome.”

Irwin said she was inspired to start Go Gold Day because of her 11-month-old brother’s leukemia diagnosis in 2013.

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