September 21, 2018

‘Gold-Out’ at HCHS this Friday to benefit local cancer foundation

(Franklin, GA) — The Georgia High School Association is once again designating the month of September as it’s official fall sports “Cancer Awareness Month” to advance the awareness of and help fight several types of this dreaded disease.

September 10-15 will be the fourth annual GHSA “Gold Week” to help raise the awareness of Childhood Cancer.  The GHSA is proud to partner with Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research to encourage Georgia high schools to “Go Gold” during this week.

In conjunction with the local foundation ‘Keris Kares,’ a special ‘Gold-Out’ night will take place during the Braves’ varsity football game this Friday night versus Central of Carrollton.

Keris Kares is a 501(3)(c) non-profit that raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Keris Kares was created after Keris Bembry was diagnosed with a very rare form of pediatric brain cancer called DIPG, which at this point is always a brutally fatal diagnosis. Keris’ family learned quickly that bills become overwhelming and funding for research for pediatric cancer treatment and cures is minimal.

EES student Mary Greely Japour with her best friend the late Keris Nicole Bembry. Keris passed away in 2015 from an inoperable brain tumor (Photo: Sarah Japour)

Keris Kares raises money to pay bills for families with a pediatric cancer diagnosis, both locally in Georgia, and nationwide. Keris Kares pays mortgage payments, electric bills, gives gasoline cards, and much more.

Keris Kares reaches out to all families it can to offer assistance, and likewise is contacted by hospitals both in Georgia and far away.

Sarah Japour, Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Office of the Coweta Judicial Circuit and Office Manager for the Heard County DA’s office since 2001, is a board member for the foundation and is passionate about the cause.

“I am SO passionate about this cause because Keris and my daughter, Mary Greely, were BEST friends from basically birth. Mary Greely, along with the rest of our family, have now recently moved to Heard County and she is attending 3rd grade at Ephesus Elementary School,” says Japour.

“Keris and Mary Greely (along with Addison & Molly) all started as infants at Stonebridge Early Learning Center in Newnan, Georgia within weeks of each other. They were inseparable, and by the age of five had mastered unconditional love between girlfriends. When Keris was four years old and diagnosed with inoperable terminal brain cancer, all of our lives stopped, and we were forever changed,” Japour adds.

The foundation is also starting to roll out “Art Closets” into schools, as Keris’ love for art was second to none, and the group would like to put at least one in Heard County (possibly at Heard County Middle School).

The “Art Closets” would be stocked full of art supplies for the school’s students, as a gift of ART by the foundation, as well as awareness for pediatric cancer and the need for diligence and importance of funding and affordable treatment.

“Keris lived longer than any child before her, 20 months, with amazing quality of life, and her presence is still felt by us all. This year, especially, my daughter is truly struggling with the loss of Keris, and is one of the reasons we have decided to slow our life down, move to the country (aka Heard County) and become part of this amazingly supportive community,” Japour states.

“Creating a legacy in Keris’ name within the Heard County School system, that allows our community to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research and support of families would be amazing for myself and my family.”

As part of the Friday Night ‘Gold-Out,’ wrist bands that say “BRAVES GOING GOLD Keris Kares” are on sale for $2.00 each at the high school.

Students and fans are encouraged to wear GOLD to the football game on Friday night in support of Pediatric Cancer Awareness & to cheer on our Braves. A 50/50 raffle at the HCHS Football Game will also benefit Keris Kares, Inc.

In support of the cause, the visiting Central Lions football players will also be sporting gold helmet stickers.

A limited number of t-shirts ($12-$15) are also available by emailing sjapour@me.com or by stopping by the District Attorney’s Office in the Franklin City Hall.

If you want to support Keris Kares, please go to the website (keriskares.org) or to the FB page (KerisKares) and learn how.

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