In the last 50 years, the bowl game has raised over $22 million dollars and helped so many.
Ethan Daniels CHOA Patient
Credit: Fox5 Atlanta

Football fans are flooding into Atlanta this week for Monday's Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. It is the 50th anniversary of one of the South's biggest sporting events. This year, fans will flock to the peach state to watch UCF take on Auburn. But what fans may not realize is that this bowl game is about so much more than a game.

For the 50 years that this championship game has been played in Atlanta, it has also raised an incredible amount of money for over 80 charitable organizations. In fact, to date, the profits of this annual event have raised approximately $22 million dollars. Think of all who've been helped by these donations.

One such recipient is young Ethan Daniels, a patient at Atlanta's Aflac Cancer Center inside of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Daniels has B Cell Lymphoblastic lymphoma and is currently receiving treatment as part of a clinical trial that is funded, in part, by the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

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"My mom says I have always been strong and stubborn, but when you have cancer it makes you even braver and more strong," Daniels told Fox5 Atlanta.

According to Fox5, only four percent of funding for research goes towards finding a cure for childhood cancer. In the last three years, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl has donated $600,000 to the effort to help kids like Ethan.

Ethan's mom also spoke to Fox5 and explained how vital that funding is for her son. "If the researchers can't do their jobs, the oncologists can't do theirs, and kids like my Ethan can't fight and beat this cancer and win their battles," she said.

Watch the full story on how the Peach Bowl is helping Ethan and others here.

And if you'd like to help the children and families being treated at the Aflac Cancer Center, you can get more information here.