Laura Scott is a cheerleader at UCC Panthers, and this year she is cheering for her Stepfather, as well as her Mother. Here is her story:
“Hello my name is Laura, I have had many family members suffer the tough battle of cancer and some weren’t able to fight it. It hurt to see my family members struggle. It wasn’t until my step dad was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer that cancer really hit home. I watched him struggle, through chemotherapy dates and surgeries. The family was devastated. The doctor told us “he doesn’t have much time left”. He could barely leave his room, he definitely couldn’t work and on top of that was struggling to pay the medical bills for his cancer treatments/medications. Until one day a miracle happened he started feeling a bit better, he left his room and most of all he discovered soon after that, he was now in remission. He is still here today and I am thankful. After the good news we unfortunately heard more bad news. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She is doing chemo, working full time as a construction worker, and raising four kids, while paying the cheer bills. She says “I have overcome so many bad things in my life and I WILL beat this one too”.
I will be on the floor pushing through my routing because if you think your routine is too hard, try battling cancer. I am doing this for my mother and my step father, and I am going to put my best on that floor because they don’t deserve any less.”
On December 4th, the Hawaiian Sharks will take the floor wearing pink bows in honour of Karen Baldassarra. Her is her story:
“To the Hawaiian Sharks Family
Any kind of cancer is a crappy thing to have to go through. Side effects include, but are not limited to: nausea, hair loss, lack of energy, loss of self… and the list goes on! Cancer patients survive because of the support network behind them, who hold them up when the treatment, the medical news or even the day suck. It’s the support network who bring flowers, send uplifting notes, bring food, give you hugs, ask you how you are and have your back NO MATTER WHAT, that gets you through this. Thank you to the HAWAIIAN SHARK FAMILY for having my family’s back during my recent cancer experience. The HAWAIIAN SHARKS from Ancaster will proudly wear pink bows at their performance at the Cheer for the Cure in Oshawa, on Sunday, December 4, in support of my fight against breast cancer. I have beaten it, but could not have done so without the wonderful support from these girls, their coaches and their parents who had our back. Please join us in being front and centre, cheering for our girls, on Sunday at 3:45. Thank you so much!!……..The Baldassarra’s”
Click: here to watch Lauren’s Video Submission!
“Lauren is cheering for her mother, Patty. Patty works at the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario. She delivers chemotherapy to patients who struggle every day with cancer. Unfortunately, Patty was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. So this year, Lauren is cheering for her mom!”
Ainsley cheers for her mother, who never quits cheering for her:
“My name is Ainsley Williamson and I cheer for NNY Cheer Pink Flamingo’s. This year, I am cheering for my biggest fan– my mom. She has fought cancer (Lymphoma) twice, still never missing a competition. As a gym, NNY Cheer takes part in the American Cancer Society Relay for life for the past 7 years. We are so excited to come up for Cheer for the Cure again this year!”
“Giuliana, who cheers for the Cheer Strike Royals, Heiress team decided to chop her hair and donated it to Pantene, Beautiful Lengths program. Giuliana is always thinking of others before herself so when she asked me it wasn’t a surprise. She donated it on behalf of her great aunt Cari who is a breast cancer survivor. Giuliana is beyong excited to attend Cheer for Cure for the 3rd year!”
Cheer Strike Royals are sharing their story!
“On October 2nd we were proud of our team of Royal parents who together raised over $1800.00 and participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure. With their children, Royal athletes, cheering on the sidelines of the run, our amazing Royal Family taught their kids what it means to give back and to make a difference. We are so proud of our Royal Family’s accomplishments in raising funds for an important cause, setting a great example for their children and our athletes bringing smiles to the faces of all the runners”
Story sent from Maddie’s mother:
“Maddie is a spunky and fun-loving flyer on the Megamouth Mini 2 team with the Cheer Sport Sharks. Cancer has been a nightmare in our family and taken the lives of many loved ones including her Aunt Jean, Aunt Teresa, Uncle Bob, and Great Nana and Great Papa. She’s cheering in their honour.
Perhaps most importantly, she’s cheering for her Grandma who is a cancer survivor and beaten lung cancer, cancer of the adrenal gland and breast cancer. This December she’s cheering for life and the precious gift of having her grandma to spend Christmas with.
A $5 donation to help fight this evil disease is an amazing gift.”
Thank you all for your patience! Our friends at DSP have graciously uploaded photos from our event this season for you to download for free! For more information about the photos, or to order prints or posters, please email email@example.com
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When I was younger I was often bullied or picked on for having short hair as a girl, and had people often mistaken me as a boy. Especially when I joined ballet and they made it mandatory since you had to tie your hair up in a bun for class. So for my whole life I’ve always thought being beautiful meant having long hair. And even though having long hair didn’t make you “beautiful” it felt great because it gave me the confidence I needed since I was always so shy. I felt like I could hide behind it if I was too scared to speak up or to intimidate other people (who I didn’t know but I was scared of) since I was “the girl with the blue hair.” But after seeing one of my athletes (Robynne) cut off her long beautiful hair that she has been growing for over 2 years last week to donate for #kidsforwigs I felt like I needed to change. This year has been one heck of a year but why not go the extra step to finally let go of my shell. So good bye to my long colourful hair, I hope it will make some person out there happy and that they take you since I bleached and coloured you so much. I know my hair will grow back and when it does I can’t wait to start donating you to instill confidence within another individual who may need the extra boost like I did to grow. To all the cheerleaders who look forward to the Cheer for the Cure, come say hi and have the courage to try the hair chop challenge.