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September 17, 2013

One day at a time

Local child stares down cancer, inspires a community

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

“At first it was a one track mind on getting (Abe) well. It’s drifting toward wanting to make a difference some way and give a little bit back,” Tasha said. “I want to make it my job in Milledgeville that no one feels like they have to go through something like this alone.”

As the Georgia College men’s basketball assistant coach, Abe’s dad thinks more about community service teaching collegiate players about giving back. Blood drives are huge.

“Blood saved Abe’s life,” he said. “I’m thinking if people don’t give blood what happens?”

Considering the outpouring of love from local friends and family, Abe’s parents want to help others the same way. 

“We are trying to help the cause. We are basically foot soldiers for CURE,” Mark said. “We are trying to raise awareness and money to find a cure for future kids. It will help somebody maybe a year from now that gets sick.”

• CURE turning the research tide 

Currently, only three percent of federal cancer funding focuses on childhood cancers. 

CURE executive director Kristin Conner directs the non-profit cancer research foundation hoping to sway the scale. Her group and similar non-profits lend young children a voice.

There are more than 25 different childhood cancers, each requiring their own research. Childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer. Separate research and treatments are required.

Overall progress has flatlined over the last 10 years, which according to CURE indicates a strong need to increase research.

This year the organization committed $2.5 million to 13 major studies.

“We are able to do so much more in terms of patient research and family support efforts,” Conner said. “These are the kinds of things we can do now because we’ve grown so much.”

Conner said CURE understands the family dynamic from beginning to a hopeful remission.

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