Thursday, May 1, 2014 —
Kiddie Kare honored a cancer-stricken former student at its annual Trike-A-Thon.
Every year Kiddie Kare, of Albemarle, hosts an annual Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but this year’s event had more meaning. One of Kiddie Kare’s own has fallen ill and for the past two weeks has been hospitalized at St. Jude in Memphis.
Dawson Hernandez, 8, a former student at the day care, fell ill last summer with what began with headaches, according to his mother Debbie Hernandez. Dawson was then diagnosed with a high-grade glioma.
Glioma is a general term used to describe any tumor that arises from the supportive (gluey) tissue of the brain.
Gliomas make up 30 percent of all brain and central nervous system tumors and 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors.
Dawson has since had two surgeries, including the removal of a brain tumor determined to be cancerous.
Dawson, a second-grader at Millingport Elementary, will begin a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments Monday that will require another eight weeks at St. Jude.
“He doesn’t seem to be scared. He’s holding up well,” Debbie Hernandez said Friday from Memphis.
For more than 20 years Kiddie Kare has held its annual Trike-A-Thon as a fundraiser for St. Jude. But Thursday’s event marked the first time the benefit became personal.
“This year’s event meant that there’s much more love put into it,” Beth Mills, of Kiddie Kare, said.
“It means more that we can help one of our own.”
As always, proceeds raised by Kiddie Kare go to St. Jude. Only this year, the money will go to the hospital in honor of Dawson.
Both Dawson and his older sister, Claudia Carriker, were former students at Kiddie Kare.
The day care will continue to collect donations through this Friday.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962 as a nonprofit pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases.
St Jude is committed to finding cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
If you would like to send a donation to Kiddie Care for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Dawson, forward a check to Kiddie Kare, 32479 Pennington Road, Albemarle, NC 28001. Make the check payable to St. Jude, c/o Dawson Hernandez. Orders of $35 or more qualify for a St. Jude T-shirt.
For more details, call Mills at (704) 982-2983.
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