“My name is Saila, and I am an athlete at Cheer Sport Sharks in Ottawa. My family and I have fought through the cancer world for awhile now, and I would like to share our story.
This story begins at the end of August 2016, where a suspicious lump was found on the left side of my Mom’s breast. Calls were delivered and appointments were made within the day of discovery. I remember vividly sitting in exam room #5 of our local medical centre, with a pit in my stomach. I just knew something was off and that feeling is something I’ll never forget. Barely a week later we were sent to the Women’s Breast Health Centre, while I sat in a waiting room and mindlessly double-tapped a plethora of instagram photos, not allowed to be let into the examination and procedure rooms. Hours passed before my Mom came from behind the mazes of beige walls, I felt like at that point, we both knew even though it wasn’t confirmed. But, I had a feeling.
Officially, her invasive stage 2 breast cancer was confirmed a week before I began the eighth grade. I helped her cut off her 12” pony tail and we started a long process of surgeries to remove the 10 tumours (with still more to come), intensive chemotherapy, and 30 radiation sessions followed. Every grey cloud has a silver lining, as through this rough patch, we discovered baldness can be better with glitter, the sound of the chemo and radiation bell ringing is wonderful. We had bouquets and supporting gifts coming to the house biweekly, and one even for myself – in which I was led to discover the world of all-star-cheer!
When I’m competing in a few weeks from now, I will think of the strength my family held, the care others gave, and the love from all!
Our names are Karly and Hayley and we are members of the Air Force Mavericks All Star Cheerleading Club. This year, we are cheering for our Grandma Karen. On December 19th, 2016, the Monday before Christmas, our Grandma was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. This was devastating news for our entire family. Over the past 10 months, our grandma has had surgery, undergone chemotherapy and radiation. Despite the this terrible disease and the devastating effects of the treatment, her spirit has never wavered. She always was, and continues to be, the strongest woman we know. She is a role model for us in terms of her strength, courage, faith, determination and love for us and her family. This spirit and “never-give-up attitude” has helped to keep everyone in our family thinking positive and we are grateful for her amazing attitude each and every day. On December 2nd and December 3 we will be cheering for our Grandma. She has always been our biggest cheerleader and now it is our chance to be hers. We love you Grandma!!
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.”
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!