My name is Mariah and I cheer with the Cheerforce Wolfpack. I am cheering for my everyone who has been affected with cancer. My friends and family. I am also cheering for all children who are battling this awful disease. Lastly I am cheering for my daddy who died before he ever got to see me cheer.
Hi, my name is Sawyer and I cheer for the Smalltooth Sharks out of Cambridge. My friend’s mom died of cervical cancer and I am Cheering for her! She was an inspiration to all that new her!
My name is Kayla Slade and I am a coach and past athlete at Cheetah’s Cheerleading in Newmarket, Ontario.I have been attending Cheer for the Cure since I was an athlete in 2008 and C4TC means a TON to myself and countless athletes and staff at our gym because it helps spread the word and support those battling, not only breast cancer, but all forms of the disease.
I thought I would write in and share my story about some of the most inspirational people in my life. When I was younger my Oma (Grandmother in Dutch), was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My sister and I were told that Oma was going to have to fight hard and might get sick but that didn’t scare me because I knew Oma had the strength and fight inside of her. Throughout all of her treatments my family rallied around her keeping the positivity and fight alive, cheering her on. After countless radiation treatments and some surgery to remove tumours my Oma was told she had achieved remission status. Five years later, we were blessed with th enews that she had beaten the cancer.
In the Fall of 2013 my Opa (grandfather in Dutch) was diagnosed with a severe stage of prostate cancer and once again my family was hit with the shock that every person affected by cancer understands. We were told that there were treatments available, however, the efficacy of those treatments would be unknown. My Oma stood by his side showing her support and love, it being her turn to cheer him on as he endured radiation and hormone therapy. A few weeks into his treatments we noticed that my Oma was losing her energy and seemed sad and removed from everyone. We didn’t really understand why this was happening because at that point we had heard nothing but positivity from the doctors about my Opa’s reactions to the treatments.
One day, shortly after my Oma began to remove herself from conversations and lost her positive attitude we noticed that she was beginning to act less and less like herself. It was decided one particularly bad day when she was unable to speak to anyone that we would take er to the doctor to be assessed. It was on that day that our earth was shattered once again and we were told that my Oma had a rapidly aggressive form of brain cancer that was causing the extreme changes. All at once, both of my heroes were fighting for their lives and I was lost. My Oma, who was brought to Toronto Western Hospital for specialized treatments was fighting for her life. Soon enough we discovered that the cancer was not only located in her brain but had metastasized to her lungs. It was at this point that the most amazing and life changing thing happened. My Opa, fighting against the disease himself, reminded us that it isn’t a time to be depressed or sad, it’s a time for positivity and to cheer Oma on as she faced the fight of her life for the second time.
On December 24, 2014 my Oma passed away as a result of the cancer. However, the point of this story is not meant to be sad. The point of this story is that I am lucky enough to still have one of my heroes by my side. I still have someone to cheer on, someone who was just told by his Oncologist that he doesn’t need to see him again for a year! I am sad and I do miss my Oma because she was my best friend but I am happy and proud and blessed to have someone who is still courageously battling, combating and overcoming this disease.
I AM CHEERING FOR ALL OF YOU BATTLING, OVERCOMING AND BEATING THIS DISEASE!
My name is Samantha Hunter, and I cheer for the PCT Cobras. I’m cheering for my auntie Dawn, a women who was full of love, confidence, and caring towards everyone.
My auntie Dawn was the type of family member that you always made a point of giving a good hug and goodbye to at family celebrations and reunions. There is no words to explain how much she loved the children in the family. How she would always open up her home for celebrations and parties. All the kids loved her smile and how pure her heart was.
Her last couple years were tough. We could all see her start to slow down and change. Her body, voice, and movements, but yet, her smile never faded away from her face. Her loving nature was never lost. We all would make sure we treasured her last moments. We all would give her a huge hug before saying goodbye when we saw her, knowing that it might be the last time we ever did.
Cancer took her life 2 years ago, but her spirit still lives. Her bright smile in the darkest moments. Her laughter of purity on the quiet days. She always wanted all the children in the family to grow up and become loving and grateful of our lives. Of how lucky we were to have such a big family to care for us and to give us that extra push in tough situations. That voice in your ear that says “you can do it, I believe in you”.
I cheer for my auntie Dawn at cheer for the cure every year. She always wanted to come to one of my competitions but never made it to one. But I know she has seen all of them. She sits in the fan zone every competition cheering me on. Being that voice in my head saying, “Samantha, I believe in you”. That is all I need to keep moving forward.
My auntie Dawn is the lady that inspired me to be a better person and to never take life, good health, and family for granted. She is MY Believer.
My name is Stephany and I am a coach for Flyers All-Starz in Montreal. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of ’98. She battled with this illness for 12 years, and despite all her treatments, doctors appointments and surgeries she managed to be my biggest fan throughout my entire cheerleading career, always supporting me at every showcase and competition. My mother lost her battle with cancer in december of 2010, the same year I had finally made it onto a worlds team and was ready to make my dream a reality. Loosing a mother is the hardest thing anyone can ever experience, she was my everything, my best friend and to know that she wouldn’t be able to see me compete on that stage in Disney World was devastating. My 2010-2011 cheerleading season became bitter sweet, cheerleading helped me cope and don’t know how I could have made it through without my coaches and team mates. Once at worlds, ready to compete with my all-girl level 6 team I knew my mom was by my side and my performance would be for her. I know for a fact that she looked over me and my team, after an amazing first run and feeling like our goals had been accomplished, we managed to make it to day 2 and leave our hearts of the floor for a second time. s. Winning worlds felt like a dream, one I could have never accomplished without my mother, her unconditional love and support that allowed me to continue my passion. I cheer for my mom, Sandee Fusco, because she always cheered for me and also for every other woman out there who has had to face this terrifying disease, stay strong we are in this together.
Stephany De Rosa
My name is Emma Martin, I am 11 years old I am cheering for my Auntie Janet who was diagnosed with cervical cancer almost a year ago. She has gone thru treatment and we are hoping that she has beat it !
My Aunt Janet lives in Nanaimo but she has always been an inspiration to me. When I am struggling with anything in my life, I think of her smile and her laughter and that make me keep going. I am not afraid of anything because I know what she has gone thru to get better.
I have a picture of my Auntie Janet going for her 1st treatment. She has a teal jacket which is the color of my cheer gym Cheer Sport Sharks, she wore it cause she says that my Teal Love has spread to her in BC .
So, FIN’S UP at C4TC … I AM CHEERING FOR MY AUNTIE JANET
We are going to be having a contest for any “Who Are You Cheering For” entries submitted to the “Who are YOU cheering for?” blog. Cheer for the Cure wants to celebrate and support inspiring stories and memories of community members who have been affected by breast cancer. Has your gym rallied around someone to help them fight breast cancer? Have you participated in other fundraising events? How your team fundraising for Cheer for the Cure? Send us your stories, pictures and videos!
Tell us who YOU are cheering for this season.
We are giving away a ProCheer prize pack!!! This pack will include a Pink Infinity Sparkle Backpack and a whole bunch of Cheer For The Cure swag!
The winner will be randomly drawn on the Saturday morning at Cheer for the Cure 2014. Get your submissions in and have a chance to share your story and win a prize.
Thanks to ProCheer for donating this fabulous prize! Visit them here: ProCheer Website
To submit your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am coach Kate from Simcoe County Stingrays in Barrie, ON. One of our athletes, 13 year-old MacKena Murray has recently been recognized for her countless hours, sweat and tears put into fundraising for cancer research, survivors, those battling and local cancer support centres. More importantly, standing by her Mother Jackie (who is also one of our Stingray coaches). Jackie had been battling stage 3 breast cancer and is recently a survivor!
MacKena was recognized in a segment by CTV News for her fundraising efforts. She will be competing with her Senior Stingray team at this year’s Cheer for the Cure competition, lead by our amazing coach Jackie, a true leader and inspiratuon to us all. We couldn’t be prouder.
Here is the video from CTV and I have attached a few photos of MacKena and her Mother as well