Together We Can Make a Difference

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and La Palmera is teaming up with
the Ready or Not Foundation
and other local organizations to raise awareness – and funds –
for all forms of pediatric cancer through Ready. Set. Gold.
Did you know Gold is the color associated with pediatric cancer/awareness?

La Palmera shoppers will see touches of gold around the mall in September, as well as special events throughout the month.

All donations collected through this site and the various events at La Palmera throughout
September will be used for research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center
in Houston, the largest pediatric cancer center in the U.S.

 

Tag #ReadySetGold on Instagram and Twitter

Tag #ReadySetGold on Instagram and Twitter

Raise Awareness

Spread the word by going gold. Tag your golden heart moments #ReadySetGold on Instagram and Twitter to raise awareness in your networks. One exceptional photo will win a $300 La Palmera Gift Card.

Support Ready. Set. Gold.

Support Ready. Set. Gold.

Give Now

Buy a gold leaf or branch and support pediatric cancer research. Show your support and go for the gold in the month of September! Click here to purchase your leaf or branch now +

Hear local stories 

Hear local stories 

Our Stories

Meet some Coastal Bend children whose lives have been affected by cancer, and learn more about the work being done by local organizations like the Ready or Not Foundation and Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation. Click here for more information +

 
 
 
 
 
 

Esmeralda “Esmie” DeLos Santos, Age 1 1/2

LEUKEMIA

 

 

Payton Canales, Age 2

Leukemia

 

 

Daniel Leon-Castillo, Age 6

Leukemia

 

 

Jackie, Age 17

Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Jackie (at age 6) was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Soon thereafter, the doctors had discovered it was a high grade (grade 3) anaplastic astrocytoma, and the treatments included surgeries, radiation therapy, and extended chemotherapy. Today, Jackie is in remission after living with the most lethal of diseases for children. From day one, our goal was for Jackie to be a survivor. Now, our goal is to not only survive, but to also help others. Learn more about Jackie’s Ready or Not Foundation +

 

In loving memory of Gavin

neuroblastoma  

Gavin Israel Sandoval (April 1, 2013–July 8, 2016) was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9 months. He loved fishing and big trucks , paw patrol and most of all, his family. 

 

In loving memory of Brooke

NEUROBLASTOMA  

Miss Brooke Elizabeth Hester was a strong, courageous little girl. In November 2010, at age 3 ½, she was suddenly unable to walk. After three months of her pediatrician trying to discern her erratic symptoms, she was ultimately diagnosed with high-risk stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer, the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in infants and young children. She fought bravely, but sadly, passed away in June 2015 after a nearly five-year nonstop battle with cancer.  

Brooke had a tremendous impact on all who met her because she fought every day with a tenacious smile and a compassionate giving heart.  Shortly after her diagnosis as a 3-year-old toddler, Brooke began to give away headwear to other kids with cancer that she met, which led to the creation of her global nonprofit.  

Before Brooke’s passing, she had inspired thousands of volunteers worldwide to help give away more than 20,000 hats and headband care packages to children fighting cancer in 40 countries, and helped raise nearly $200,000 going to life-saving childhood cancer research with an emphasis in precision or personalized medicine.  Brooke left behind a global legacy of love and giving in the name of hope that will never be forgotten through Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation.  Please visit www.BrookesBlossoms.org to learn more or get involved.

 

In loving memory of James

Osteosarcoma  

James A. Ragan was diagnosed with a pediatric bone cancer called Osteosarcoma in 2006. At first, it was just in his left leg, and doctors had to remove most of his leg to save him. His dreams of playing college tennis were torn away from him, but at least he would be alive. Then, about a year later, James learned that even surgery would not save his life as the cancer had metastasized to his lungs.  He spent his early teens undergoing countless rounds of chemotherapy, experimental treatments, drugs and surgeries to his lungs, chest wall and diaphragm. It was as dark a time as any child could have, but in the midst of all of this James always found ways to make the most of a horrific situation.

James always maintained a smile and a hopeful attitude.  He and his sister, Mecklin, organized the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation (TOKC) to start and fund the Children's Sarcoma Initiative at M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital to promote new research ideas. Having accomplished that goal about the time James passed away, TOKC’s current project is the pediatric Genomic Research And Sequencing Project - GRASP, which provides longitudinal whole genome sequencing for pediatric cancers to enable scientists to find new cures.