SAVANNAH, Ga. – September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
On Saturday dozens of families came together to the Oglethorpe Mall, not to shop, but to encourage each other.
Gathered at the center of the mall were survivors and current warriors of childhood cancer.
The Couture for CURE Fashion Show and Kids Party gave kids and their parents a chance to give their worries the day off.
“Today is fun. Today is an opportunity to relax. They don’t have to worry about treatment. They don’t have to worry about being sick. They can just come and be children,” Utesa Chisholm said. Her son, Derrick, 7, is currently battling brain cancer. They discovered he had cancer when he was four. The doctors found a tumor on top of his optic nerve.
After emergency surgery and chemo, Derrick ended up loosing his sight.
Now blind, he must rely on a cane and the help of others to live. His new reality hasn’t affected his spirit, joy and drive.
At the event Derrick along with other kids got to put on new fall fashions, model them for an audience, get their faces painted and meet their favorite superheros and princesses.
The CURE event started back in 2013. CURE Childhood Cancer is a non-profit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research.
According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, only four percent of federal funding goes to pediatric cancer research.
Chisholm wants to do her part and raise awareness so other children won’t have to go through the hardships and consequences that her son now has to deal with everyday.
If you would like to get involved with CURE, click here.