Why We Celebrate Gold September?

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – our annual opportunity to create awareness of the impact of cancer in so many children and their families around the world.

With the development of economy and medical conditions in some areas survival rates of children with cancer keep on rising. However, this improvement is lagging in some less-developed countries. During September we also seek to highlight these inequities in the access to care and treatment.

For this campaign we use the gold colour to honour children with cancer courageous struggle against the disease. Participating in this campaign is expressing solidarity, standing up and speaking out for and with children/adolescents with cancer, childhood cancer survivors and their families.

There are many ways that you can get involved throughout September to show your commitment with our cause and to  inspire hope among children and adolescents with cancer and their families:

How You Can Get Involved:

There are many ways that you can get involved throughout September to show your commitment with our cause and to  inspire hope among children and adolescents with cancer and their families!

1. Show Your Support

We created a Gold September frame specifically for this campaign. We invite you to show your support towards Childhood Cancer awareness by sharing a photo on your social media with our new Gold September frame. We will create collages of pictures of all our members, to show that together we are stronger, and we can make a change.

STEP 1: On any web browser go to https://www.twibbonize.com/goldseptember23
STEP 2: Upload a photo from your phone or computer.
STEP 3: Download the photo with the frame.
STEP 4: Share the photo on any social media using the hashtags:


You can also add your own and tag us so we can see them!

2. Create Awareness

To educate our community, create awareness and debunk certain myths about childhood cancer, we will share global facts about the disease. We are looking to generate conversations about the challenges and inequities on a global level. Simple actions like resharing our posts or emails help us to raise awareness. Never underestimate the impact that just one person can have!

As we have done in the past, we want to call upon our community to advocate and honor the children and adolescents who are currently undergoing cancer treatment and their families by joining the “Light It Up Gold!” campaign.

Prominent buildings, national monuments and significant natural sites around the world are invited to participate in this campaign by lighting them up in GOLD or by hanging huge gold ribbons in their facades.

Please send your picture(s) (incl. the name of the building/landmark, city and country) to info@siop-online.org, or post it in your social media using the hashtags #GoldSeptember and #SupportKidsWithCancer

3. Join the Discussion

Do not miss out on upcoming activities during Gold September! Mark them in your agenda and check back for updates:

September 7, 2022
SIOPE-MAC Policy Event 2023
SIOP Europe and CCI Europe will once again mark the Gold September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign through this annual flagship policy event hosted by MEP Loucas Fourlas (EPP, Cyprus) in Brussels in cooperation with the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Interest Group.

  • Register to join on Thursday, 7 September from 3:00 to 4:30 PM CEST in Brussels, Belgium (Location: EU Parliament Altiero Spinelli Building 3E-2).

September 23, 2022
WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer “3rd WHO GICC in Tokyo 2023”
Asian Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Group (APHOG), The Asian Continental Branch of SIOP (SIOP Asia) and NGO Magokoro Organization for Childhood Cancer (MOCC) are coorganising this hybrid (online and in-person) event
Programme and Speakers

  • Register to join on Saturday, 23 September from 14:00 PM – 19:00 PM JST in person (National Cancer Center Japan, Tokyo) and online.

September 26, 2022
Give Some Hope Live Webinar
Join CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as we engage with some of the most inspirational voices to #GiveSomeHope

  • Register to join on Tuesday, 26 September from 14:00 PM – 15:00 PM BST / 15:00 – 16:00 SA online.

Want to share your activities with us?

Please send us your content by email at info@siop-online.org

4. Spread the Word

To foster global momentum and a united voice, we encourage you to communicate widely about your local activities for Gold September. To promote and enhance the visibility of your activities on social media, you can include one or more of these suggested hashtags:


Ideas for local activities – in addition to the ones presented above – can include but are not limited to:

  • Short videos featuring parents and/or healthcare professionals discussing the priorities for childhood cancer in their country or region.
  • Events/webinars with local stakeholders.
  • Features in local media outlets.