WHEELING - The Debbie Green Race aims to educate people that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Race Director Ron Green said there are many people who don't know about the designated month. To help inform them, 500 T-shirts will be given away during the race with a logo reminding people about childhood cancers.
The T-shirts state, "We can beat cancer together. September is pediatric cancer and childhood leukemia awareness month."
Green noted the shirts were donated by Shirts 'N More of Wheeling.
"Kids with cancer need to be talked about as well. ... We want to make people aware that kids get cancer too. Federal funding is really bad. It's Washington, D.C.'s fault. Only 4 percent of federal funding goes to childhood (cancer) research. We need to start spending money on kids with cancer," Green said.
Hines Rotriga, 2, of Wheeling is the honorary child for this initiative. Hines is the son of Kevin and Debbie Rotriga of Wheeling. He is battling stage IV neuroblastoma, which he was diagnosed with on Dec. 26, 2013.
Green noted he is organizing a separate 2-mile race for Hines that is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 outside of WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Applications to sign up for the Hines' race will be included in Debbie Green Race packets.