Book for Hope is a local charity whose mission is to raise funds for childhood cancer research and provide financial assistance for families with a child in active cancer treatment. The organization works with families in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.

They often travel several hours to access treatment, sometimes on a daily basis. It’s difficult for parents to maintain employment and many experience a loss of income. Expenses for treatments, transportation, keeping food on the table at home, house rent or payment, and utility bills are just some of the financial challenges faced by these families. All while they deal with the emotional turmoil of caring for a child with cancer.

One of the ways Book of Hope fulfills their mission is by fundraising through hosting various events throughout the year. Last year they held their first Just Imagine® Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction. It was a huge success so they are holding a second one on May 3, at Rolling Hills Country Club in Paducah. Purchasing a table or seat for this Just Imagine® event is potentially helping to save the life of a child.

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Board members have worked hard to make sure this event will be a fun-filled evening. All proceeds from this event will benefit children going through active cancer treatment. Doors open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. Music and dancing will start at 9pm. The silent auction will close at 9.30 pm.

On-air personality Chris Yu from WPSD will be the MC and music will be provided by Lew Jetton & 61 South. The Paducah Catering Company will cater a delicious meal. Board member Phyllis Long will speak about her beloved daughter, Ali Long who passed away in 2015 - the same year Book for Hope became a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Learn more and purchase tickets at bookforhope.org

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The next Book for Hope event is their Just Imagine® 5K Run on May 18 at Noble Park in Paducah.  Paducah Tilghman Track Team will partner with Book for Hope to host the Just Imagine 5K run/walk. Registration opens at 6:30 am for this run/walk which has 8am start time. Its $25 plus $1.50 tax to enter – the price includes a T-shirt. (Please note that shirts size XL will be an additional $2.)

You can Register Online or print a hard copy form, write a check to Book for Hope and mail to the address listed.

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Children with cancer are not simply statistics - they are real children living all around our area. Cancer is still the number one disease-related cause of death in children ages 0 to 19 years old. Last year, there were nearly 16,000 new cases of pediatric cancer. In the last thirty-five-years there have only been four FDA approved treatments for childhood cancer. This means children are receiving treatments that date back to the sixties. One out of eight children will not survive cancer.

To find out about other events hosted by Book for Hope visit bookforhope.org. You may also want to consider becoming a monthly donor.

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Book for Hope, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit childhood cancer organization with volunteer board members whose mission is to give hope to children and families that cancer is not always a death sentence. Their ultimate goal is to give the gift of hope until cancer is wiped off the face of the earth. You can help make a difference by going to bookforhope.org.

Book of Hope President, Gaylon Hayden has written a book, “It's Christmas Again”. It helps to educate children who have been diagnosed with cancer about experiences they will undergo in words they can understand. This is a book of hope for children and their loved ones that there can be a full and joyful life after cancer. All proceeds from this book go to the nonprofit organization Book for Hope Inc., which donates all proceeds to children with cancer.