It was a vibrant, circus-themed affair at this year’s POGO Gala at Liberty Grand on April 25, 2015, once again one of the top spring events according to us.

This year POGO honoured Dr. Mark Greenburg, who for 30 years has created a legacy of championing kids’ cancer care.  In his honour, POGO has created a special  Dr. Mark Greenburg Fund, which aims to support innovative programs that improve the lives of children with cancer.

At CIRQUE After Dark, there was plenty of fun circus-themed entertainment complete with aerial dancers, jugglers and contortionists. Also there were carnival games such as a shooting range and sledge hammer “high striker” game. There was also a chance to create a custom diamond with sponsor iXam Diamonds.

There I came across Lauren and her family, Lauren is a young girl who has been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 5 where her and her parents have had to make tough decisions out of worst case scenarios.

Collectively the parents took 10 months off and said that having a kid with cancer is a full time job. POGO helps in this situation with financial burdens that come with childhood cancer care.

Congrats to POGO and everyone involved for raising $754,000 this year to improve the lives of children with cancer.

right: Lauren diagnosed with cancer

right: Lauren diagnosed with cancer at the age of 5

 

Check out the video about Lauren’s Story

For more information including how to make a donation visit pogo.ca

Photos from POGO Cirque After Dark by Nick Lee

Also check out photos from POGO 2014 and POGO 2013.

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