The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and the Nashville High School Cheerleaders are working to raise awareness, wearing gold shoelaces the entire month. Cheerleader Breanna Peebles explains more.
“Arkansas Children’s Hospital started this fundraiser last year and chose not to continue the program, however Nashville cheer decided to purchase shoelaces again anyways. Sports teams could purchase different colors, representing a certain type of cancer. We will probably wear them throughout the season.”
Peebles is the younger sister of Kaden Peebles, who has had a long fight with cancer…diagnosed in 2015 with Ewing Sarcoma. She was also later diagnosed with secondary acute myeloid leukemia, caused by the chemotherapy, and is now cancer free following a bone marrow transplant earlier this year.
“I believe raising awareness is the key to finding a cure. You could donate to Arkansas Children’s Hospital 4K Hematology/Oncology Unit or specifically for Ewing Sarcoma, One Million 4 Anna Foundation.”
Childhood cancer is not rare, Arkansas Children’s Hospital diagnoses about one hundred new cases of cancer in children each year…treating about 90% of the pediatric cancer cases in the state.
“A lot of people don’t know about childhood cancer and so they think that it is rare. Each day 42 families in the United States receive news that their child has cancer.”
Visit archildrens.org for more information.