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.
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.
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.
Hello my name is Brittany Legere, I am a special needs cheerleader with the Cheer Force Wolf Pack All Stars. I’m from Oakville, Ontario and this year I am cheering for my Dad and my Aunt Kathy. The reason why is my Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 when I was in grade 10 at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School and my Aunt Kathy is the one who got me started doing cheerleading. I have been cheerleading with the Cheer Force Wolf Pack for 2 years and I love it. They have supported me since I started my cheerleading career with Cheer Force so this years competition is for them and I will work hard on the performance floor with my team and our helpers that help us every time.
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
Who Are You Cheering For?
I am cheering for my grandma Suzanne.
In December 2013, my grand mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both my parents found out Christmas day of that same year. She had told them not to tell us kids, because she didn’t want to worry us with her health. My parents then kept this secret for about two weeks before letting any of us know what was going on.
My grandma went through a surgery to remove a lump on the side of her breast, and they thought, that was the end of it. But two weeks after my parents told us, so around the end of January, the doctors told her that they hadn’t gotten it all. She had to go through three months of chemo, and radiation. At the end of April, she had been told that there was no more cancer. I couldn’t have been happier.
When my team went to compete at a competition in Hull, she told my dad that she was coming. This competition was in February. I was worried that it was going to be too much for her, but she came anyways, and made ma a very happy athlete and grand daughter. (Picture added is from OCF championships, with my grandma’s husband Daniel, Me in the middle and Her on the right side)
I will always cheer for her, and be proud of how far she has come, and how many obstacles she has overcome in her life.
Chelsey Tessier (CPA Lions)
Hi I’m Hana- you may know me from the Cheer Evolution and Cheer for the Cure registration desks! I thought I would get this season kickstarted by telling you all my story about who I am cheering for.
I first heard of breast cancer when I was six or seven years old. My best friend Nicole’s mother was diagnosed with it. She used to lace my skates for me before taking Nicole and I to figure skating practice, and then I would complain about itchy feet that I couldn’t scratch all the way to the ice rink. Unfortunately she passed away later that year, and while I don’t remember much, I do remember the sadness of the loss.
Flash forward a few years and Nicole and I had taken up rhythmic gymnastics. We quickly made our “best gym friend,” Stephanie. The three of us would carpool to the gym 4 times a week, singing Lou Bega at the top of our lungs. I don’t really remember how old we were, between the ages of 10 and 13, when Stephanie’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember the three of us sitting in the back of the car, just talking, when someone brought up a statistic that one in three women will get breast cancer. With the Internet and research skills I now know that this statistic was incorrect, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Either way, the statistic was scary then and still is now, and the three of us debated about which one of us would be the one to get breast cancer. That car ride left me afraid of cancer, making it one of my top three fears in between ghosts and deep space. Stephanie’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer after we had all quit gymnastics.
So, you may ask, who am I cheering for? I’m cheering for the researchers who are helping to change the one in nine diagnoses into remissions. I hope that breast cancer research can uncover a cure so that friends and families do not have to be separated from their loved ones. I also hope that breast cancer can be cured so that little girls do not have to fear it, so that they can go back to being afraid of monsters and witches along with ghosts and deep space.
Would you like to share who YOU are cheering for? Cheer for the Cure wants to celebrate your fundraising efforts, your home town heroes, and any other stories you would like to share. Send your stories to email@example.com.