ENTERPRISE,Ala.– September is childhood cancer awareness month and many show their support by wearing gold.
Enterprise High School dedicated their pep rally Friday morning to families in the community and students in the Enterprise school system who have been affected by childhood cancer.
“You always read about it and you always hear about but you never think is going to happen to someone you know,”
Clark White whose wife is a teacher at EHS lost his infant daughter this past year to a brain tumor.
“It’s a mind opening experience,” said White.
Brendan Franco who passed of childhood cancer would have graduated EHS this year is remembered by his family as someone who put others first.
“Within feet of entering the emergency room, he stopped us and he told us he wanted to pray for the very first child he saw and he was dying at the time,” said Brendan’s father Armand Franco.
EHS Homecoming Queen Corbyn Wile also passed away from childhood cancer but her family says they’ve watched the support grow within the community.
“This was Corbyn’s dream that people would know about childhood cancer and understand that kids maybe don’t live through it,” said Corbyn Wile’s mother Melinda Wile.
Less than four percent of cancer organizations go to child cancer research.
The Boll Weevil Monument is covered in yellow ribbon and local businesses had painted yellow ribbon on the their windows to raise awareness.
“We all kind of agreed as a community that it was a really important topic because not a lot of research goes to the pediatrics,” said Cam’s Cottons worker Halie Emerson.
“The way the community supports us definitely brings our confidence up when it comes down to going through chemo,” said Greenawalt, EHS student who is in remission from stage four cancer.
“You see pink and teal but you never see gold and so for our community to step up and take the initiative its really inspiring,” said EHS student and stage four cancer survivor Joseph Rushing.
“It just really gives me confidence and hope for people in the future and it makes me feel special and loved,’ said EHS student and kidney cancer survivor Allison Pickett.
The Brendan Franco Foundation is created in his memory and is hosting the Celebration of Life Event at Johnny Henderson Park Saturday, September 23.
The 5k starts ant 7a.m. and the festivities being at 11a.m with music, food, and children’s games.
All proceeds go to children’s cancer research of Alabama.
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