Mothers Fight Childhood Cancer

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

It's been nearly five years since Margaret Anne Newsome lost the little girl she called her little ray of sunshine.

"People just can't imagine what it's like to tell your child you can't help them, " said Newsome.

Pictures help remind her of her daughter Victoria Newsome before she got cancer.

Victoria was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma at the age of six and less than two years later she died.

Newsome said it was one of the hardest things she endured.

"There's no treatment for that, When they told me she had a brain tumor, I was like take it out, but it doesn't work that way," said Newsome.

But Victoria's death has been an inspiration to Newsome and Melanie Pitts, who's child also died from cancer.

The two along with another mother, Holly Hutchinson, are taking on the challenge of raising both funds and awareness about the Pediatric Cancer Research.

They're looking to paint the city gold by making and selling gold bows, which represent the fight against pediatric cancer.

Pitts said she hopes through this she can put an end to many unanswered questions.

"If we had more answers, it we had more treatments our children wouldn't have to die from this disease," said Pitts.

Margaret Anne said the challenges parents of children with cancer face is there aren't any pediatric centers here in our area.

They either have to go to Atlanta, Macon or head south to Gainesville.

And that's something she said is a hard enough task of it's own.

"When we have a child that presents, that we end up diagnosing ourselves of course there's an immediate referral outside the area which makes the whole issue with transportation and logistics very difficult for parents,"said Doctor Eric Shucks.

On Saturday, the women will be out at Astro Exterminating on 1708 Gornto Road from 10am-2pm selling the gold bows for five dollars.

The money raised there will go to CureSearch, a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

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