Young cancer victim's family, community attempting to break world record

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Thousands of people will gather in Eatonton this month in hopes of breaking a Guinness World Record and raising awareness for childhood cancer. 

On Sunday, September 25, the Ethen Richardson Foundation will host an official attempt of creating the world's largest gold awareness ribbon.

Putnam County, surrounding communities, and families affected by childhood cancer, are expected to attend the event. They will gather at 1:30 p.m. at Putnam Middle School and hold up pages to create a giant mosaic picture of the gold ribbon, which represents childhood cancer. 

At least 4,201 people are needed to help break the record, which is currently 4,200 people. 

"You could have the chance to help fight for the innocent lives that seem to be forgotten when funds are being distributed to cancer research," the Ethen Richardson foundation said. 

Ethen Richardson, of Putnam County, was 8-years-old when he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), which are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain. He gained his wings not long after his diagnosis and the Ethen Richardson Foundation was created in his honor.

Ethen's loved ones now help local cancer families during their journeys, both financially and emotionally. 

The Guiness World Record attempt will take place on the football field of the Al Reaves Stadium at Putnam Middle School. Participation is free. Participants will be able to enjoy music, prizes, food, fellowship and awareness! 

For more information or large group participation inquiries, email or click here