This year’s Carnival for the Cure exceeded its goal by thousands, raising more than $66,000 to fund research to cure pediatric brain cancer.
The fourth-annual event, which was Saturday at Ceraland Park, is a tribute to the memory of 5-year-old Peyton Whittington, who succumbed to a brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Known as DIPG, Peyton had an inoperable tentacle-like tumor that encased his brain stem. He died on June 4, 2013, in the arms of his mother, Lynn Whittington.
After his death, Whittington created Peyton’s Angels Indiana Chapter of the Cure Starts Now Foundation to raise money for researchers to learn how to fight brain cancers that kill children. Whittington started Carnival for the Cure as a way to raise money for research.
This year’s event attracted about 1,000 people, Whittington said, and was supported by more than 100 volunteers who staffed carnival booths and other attractions.
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