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Mother and Daughter bring attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know? More than 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year; yet only 4% of federal cancer funding goes toward childhood cancer.

This coming September is CureFest, a grassroots effort to unite childhood cancer organizations into one voice to help raise awareness and to convince regulators of the greater need for funding.  CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority.

One of the major sponsors of CureFest is Aflac, which is also sponsoring an event in partnership with Atlantic Media called Children and Cancer. This will be held the day after the  special CureFest interviews on September 14th. The event will be a forum in D.C. that includes speakers from the government, researchers and doctors, who will discuss the latest needs and initiatives involving childhood cancer.  Aflac is doing something about this through its $116 million commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

Thanks to the dedication of doctors, brave patients and the work of organizations like the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, the cure rate for childhood cancer is now almost 90 percent, up from only 20 percent.

Today on Indy style, hear from Caroline Belcher, a brave eight-year-old battling a brain tumor, her mom, CureFest organizer Emily Belcher and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Aflac, Catherine Blades.

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How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.