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RTA tributes bus to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager

The Greater Dayton RTA partnered with Dayton Children’s Hospital to create a special tribute for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by displaying original artwork from child patients on RTA’s September bus.

The tribute was inspired by an RTA employee who requested if the artwork of their niece, who passed away from childhood cancer, could be added to the September bus design in honor of the month. The drawing features a little girl fighting off a fiery dragon that was created during her battle with cancer. This request led to RTA reaching out to Dayton Children’s to have current childhood cancer patients share their own artwork. Through this partnership, an inspiring gallery is displayed on the bus, highlighting local children as they battle this terrible disease.

The bus will recognize the following children who offered their designs:

  • Gage, 3
  • Ava, 4
  • Sam, 6
  • Xavier, 6
  • Faith, 9
  • Brooklyn, 10
  • Haydn, 10
  • Kelsey, 15

“At Dayton Children’s, we’re committed to providing above and beyond cancer care for the children in our community,” said Dr. Ayman El-Sheikh, chief, division of hematology/oncology at Dayton Children’s. “We are thankful that the Greater Dayton RTA is raising awareness about childhood cancer and the brave children who are living with and battling this disease.”

The bus will showcase the artwork with the names of patients that were willing to share their drawings. The September bus will also highlight Labor Day, National Grandparents Day, and the remembrance of September 11. This will be the first time RTA has collaborated with Dayton Children’s Hospital on this effort.