The CKc Youth Advocate recognition program supports an important pillar of CKc’s mission – to educate for change. The program also helps inspire the next generation of doctors, scientists and non-profit leaders who can continue to fight for more funding, innovative research and better treatments for children fighting cancer. CKc Youth Advocates must be 21 years old or younger, have assisted with or hosted at least one fundraiser for CKc, and gone above and beyond in their personal efforts to bring awareness to CKc and/or the need for increasing funds for pediatric cancer research. Up to three CKc Youth Advocates will be named annually, each one receiving a plaque, social and potentially local media recognition, and the opportunity to meet with doctors or other influential persons involved with CKc.
Congratulations to Alex Hurd, the Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation’s first-ever CKc Youth Advocate. Alex, of Greenville, South Carolina, and a senior at Westminster Schools of Augusta, is inspired and dedicated to helping educate others about the need for increased pediatric cancer research funding and CKc is honored to reward this young lady for her efforts.
Through a series of events, including the loss of her grandmother to leukemia shortly before she was born, Alex has had an interest in cancer research since a young age. In the summer before her freshman year in high school, she attended Camp Merri Mac, in North Carolina, where she met Olivia Wiggins and learned about Cannon. Alex was deeply moved by Cannon and his family’s fight and it deepened her desire to be involved in the pediatric cancer world.
Since then, and throughout her high school career, she has written essays, given speeches and entered contests to educate the community on pediatric cancer issues. She has shadowed an occupational therapist and volunteered at a research lab in Atlanta. She will be attending the University of Alabama this fall and plans to pursue occupational therapy school. She wants to work with children surviving pediatric cancer.
As a CKc Youth Advocate, Alex will be given the opportunity to shadow Dr. Theodore Johnson, Chair of the CKc Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Johnson, the assistant professor of pediatrics at Augusta University, Georgia Cancer Center, is also the lead investigator of a first-of-its kind clinical trial, funded by CKc, using immunotherapy and radiation to help treat relapsed pediatric brain cancer.
Alex was awarded the honor on January 23, 2017, by Michael and Melissa Wiggins, co-founders of Cannonball Kids’ cancer.
Donations go directly towards funding pediatric cancer research projects to make better treatments for kids battling cancer so they may not endure the horrific pain or develop secondary cancers associated with their treatment.
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