We are Proud to Introduce to you our
2020 Honorary Cheerleader
LETTER FROM MOTHER:
Rah’Janae is my “baby amazing”, her nickname from friends and family since birth. At 7 months my ladybug was walking and trying to talk. ” I got it “was her first sentence at seven months. She’s so amazing and very loving, and caring inside and out. She has a beautiful personality. She loves gymnastics with her dad, also loves swimming, outdoor fun and she loves computers. She stays on the computer all the time and I honestly think she knows more about them that I do. She was diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2019 and was one of the hardest things that I have ever endured in my life , other than losing my mother to violence. This was a definite life changer, especially when it is your own child and even harder when you can’t help them. With a snap, you can’t make things better for them. I pray every day and thank God for blessing me with her and also for the team at Rainbow Babies, our new family nurses, doctors for helping us and giving us understanding and hope. My Lady bug is strong and a fighter. We will get through this together.
THANK YOU for your generosity we raised $3538 for Marielise
A Special Shout Out to Dance Vibe Studio who donated $120, Hot Styles who donated $200, Step One North who donated $200 and Midwest Cheer Elite Cleveland who donated $500. THANK YOU!!!
We are Proud to Introduce to you our
2019 Honorary Cheerleader
Marielise is our 11 year old daughter, who is currently being treated for Leukemia ALL, by Rainbows Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
She was diagnosed on September 11, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic. While receiving inpatient treatments at the Clinic she contracted Pseudomonas (which turned into Sepsis) and Necrotizing Fasciitis (A flesh eating bacteria that would eventually take half of her left wrist, including part of her artery, and require multiple reconstructive surgeries and a skin graft).
Upon learning of our daughter’s critical condition we immediately had her transferred to Rainbows Children Hospital, where she remained in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 2 months. Upon admission to Rainbows, our family was told her body was shutting down and unless she responded to the medications (several that were rarely used except in hypothetical situations in medical textbooks) there would be no survival. We were encouraged to make the necessary arrangements and preparations for ourselves and for her. With her digestive system not working, Sepsis coursing through her blood, the Necrotizing Fasciitis eating away at her wrist, Leukemia cells present, and her body in excruciating pain; multiple medications were pumped into her, an NG tube was placed in her and a morphine PCA Pump was given to her to help control the pain. Chemotherapy was halted and doctors and staff worked around the clock to stop the inevitable.
In November, we were told the infection had caused Typhlitis and that she would have to undergo a major surgery. The infection had eaten away part of her colon and in order for her body to recover an Ileostomy was placed. The month of November also saw multiple surgeries on her hand/wrist and other parts of her body. In an effort to save her life, drains were placed in her legs and stomach to drain out the remaining infection that her body had now walled off inside her. She could not eat or drink and was fed TPN through a Pic-line in her arm and remained with an NG tube and a morphine pump. Slowly, her body began to recover and chemo treatments restarted.
She remained in the hospital from September – December 2017.
On December 14, 2017, Marielise was well enough to go home for the first time since her diagnosis, and she spent her Christmas surrounded by family, friends and our 3 younger daughters. However, on the 26th she was once again confined within the hospital walls.
From December, 2017-January, 2018, Marielise remained hospitalized and celebrated her 10th Birthday with Nurses and Doctors.
In January 2018, our family was told the Leukemia had not gone into remission and that she was classified as high risk. This was believed to be a direct result from her chemo being halted due to the infections she had acquired. This meant now, that more intense chemo treatments were needed and more inpatient stays.
From January, 2018 -August 2018, Marielise
received those treatments, as well as multiple surgeries, skin grafts to repair her left hand, multiple NG
tubes (this time to feed her as she had lost a significant amount of weight, a brain injury, a prolapse of her Ileostomy
, an Ostomy
reversal, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and a Mediport
infection which required a removal and replacement, although if the injury is caused by accident or other circumstance, the use of a lawyer from The Angell Law Firm
could be the best option for this.
In August 2018 Marielise was cleared to return to school (as tolerated) after a 1 year absence. We found through out this school year that the brain injury she endured had caused some learning disabilities. However, with the help of a 504 plan and many great educators ,she is now thriving academically!
Today she receives daily, weekly and monthly chemo medications along with multiple other medications to ensure her body’s recovery. She takes daily oral chemo, tri-weekly Iv chemo, and monthly chemo that is inserted into her spine. She will continue to receive these treatments for another year and a half. Her recovery has also included Psychology treatment due to the trauma she has experienced and Hand Therapy to regain as much use in her left wrist as possible.
Despite all of this, Marielise has not allowed this illness to define her. She does her best to live like any other 11 year old girl and to embrace every moment that she is given. She loves to paint and create art and is constantly working on different pieces to display in her room or give to others! Her favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh. She enjoys volunteering and is part of a club called “Community Kids” at her school. She also recently volunteered to walk in a fundraiser to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. She likes to entertain her younger sisters and make them laugh. She loves to read and is currently working on the “Series of Unfortunate Events”. She loves science and her goal is to one day become an Archeologist. She loves music of all genres and is always listening or dancing to different works and artists. She loves to take pictures and is constantly making memories or posing for them. She loves her family and celebrating her Mexican Heritage. Her favorite Holidays are Halloween and “Dia de Los Muertos“. She enjoys the Nexflix show “Stranger Things” and can’t wait for the 3rd season to start!
She lives every moment of her life with passion, love, resilience, courage and strength and she is determined to do so as she continues to beat this illness and become cancer free.
CCC’s 2018 Honorary Cheerleader
Because of your kindness and generosity we raised $8231.80 for our 2017 Honorary Cheerleaders!!!
Thank you so much for making these girl’s weekend special! So many amazing contributions from such great organizations! Special Shout out to Midwest Cheer Elite Cleveland, HotCheer, Step One All Stars, ONE All Stars, PA Rage and many others for your amazing contributions. Each of the Families of our 2 Honorary Cheerleaders received a check for $4500. THANK YOU for helping us make a difference for these two young girls!
CCC’s 2017 Honorary Cheerleader #1
MEET OUR HONORARY CHEERLEADER MAYA! Maya was 11 years old when she was diagnosed with ALL (acute Lymphoblastic leukemia) on March 16, 2016. She was an active volleyball player and former youth cheerleader who loves life! The past year she has gone through so much. There have been very difficult times during treatment that she really struggled to find the courage and strength she needed, but she fought and fought and is now getting past a lot of the really hard parts of treatment. Maya will continue chemotherapy until July of 2018. Maya’s friends and community have been so supportive of her journey and it really keeps her spirits up to know how much people care. Maya hopes to return to volleyball next year when she has regained some of her strength back.
CCC’s 2017 Honorary Cheerleader #2
CCC is Proud to Introduce to you our Second Honorary Cheerleader Sammy! Here is her story! On Wednesday, November 16th, our four year old daughter, Sammy started showing signs of fever and aches and pains in her limbs. At first, given the time of year we attributed much of this to flu like symptoms so we kept her on bed rest, fluids and Tylenol to reduce the fever.
Monday the 21st came and we got her an appointment for that afternoon. At this point it hurt her to move and even standing seemed to cause extreme pain in her joints. When the doctor noticed all these symptoms she wanted to send Samantha out for blood work to eliminate some possible options. After giving us some choices on where to go, I elected to take her to the ER at Rainbow Babies and Children hospital to get the fastest results and to be where we needed to be in a worst case scenario.
An hour later we got the results and found out that Sammy had leukemia.
While that sounds bad, it could be much worse. The particular strain of leukemia she has is highly treatable in children and has a 90% chance of being in remission after her first month of induction treatment and full elimination after 2-3 years of outpatient treatment. Her treatments began on November 23rd and already her numbers are moving in all the right directions. The doctors, nurses and the rest of the staff here have been extremely helpful and reassuring with everything and Sammy has been eagerly looking forward to going home as soon as she can.
With your kindness and generosity we raised $9080 for our 2016 Honorary Cheerleaders!!!
Thank you so much for making these girl’s weekend special! So many amazing contributions from such great organizations! Special Shout out to Champion Cheer Athletics, Cheer World, FCA Gems, Off Limits Cheer, PA Storm, Pittsburgh Pride and Tumble Zone Aces for your amazing contributions. THANK YOU!
CCC’s 2016 Honorary Cheerleader #1
This is Sophia Freida Greer and she is 4 years old. In January 2015 Sophia’s mother picked her up from daycare and that evening Sophia said her tummy hurt and she began to vomit and would not stop. She was taken to the ER where they found she had a large tumor on her left kidney, and the tumor had burst. They informed us they would need to transfer her to University Hospitals where they would need to do emergency surgery. They had to remove her left Kidney. They diagnosed her with Wilms Cancer.
Sophia loves to spend her days dressing up as a Princess. She loves to play with all of her Princess dolls and Princess Castle. We watch You Tube videos on how to make princess dresses out of Play Doh. Sophia is a Girly Girl!
Our family is extremely grateful to have so many caring, loving people in our lives. Your encouragement, thoughts, prayers and support are what get us through each day and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
CCC’s 2016 Honorary Cheerleader #2
My name is Raegan Lanier, I was diagnosed with leukemia at the tender age of four.
It was really hard for my family and myself. I went through 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy and other procedures to make me better! I lost my hair twice during treatments and some set backs but I’m doing better now. I live at home with my little brother Jaylen and little sister Kaidyn my Mom and step dad, I love my family. I am in the first grade and I really like to read chapter books most of them called Junie B. I’m so happy I’m doing good.
CCC’s 2015 Honorary Cheerleaders
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
WE RAISED $10,000 FOR OUR 2015 HONORARY CHEERLEADERS!
Because of your kindness and love each family received $5000. You are AMAZING and THANKS again for your support!!!!
ERIN and ADDISON
Addison passed away November 2015.
CCC’s 2014 Honorary Cheerleader
Emily passed away May 8th, 2015
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS!
WE’VE RAISED $5901.50 FOR EMILY AND HER FAMILY. Thank you so Much!!!!
CCC’s Honorary Cheerleaders – Our Angels Laid to Rest
Sophia Freida Greer, CCC’s 2016 Honorary Cheerleader, was 4 years old. In January 2015 Sophia’s mother picked her up from daycare and that evening Sophia said her tummy hurt and she began to vomit and would not stop. She was taken to the ER where they found she had a large tumor on her left kidney, and the tumor had burst. They informed us they would need to transfer her to University Hospitals where they would need to do emergency surgery. They had to remove her left Kidney. They diagnosed her with Wilms Cancer. Such a beauty and is missed deeply.
Addison, CCC’s 2015 Honorary Cheerleader, Addison earned her wings November 3rd, 2015. Just before Addison’s 5th birthday, she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. She loved to sing and dance and wanted to be a cheerleader like her friends. Addison was 7 years old at our 2015 Nationals. We will miss you Addison.
Emily, CCC’s 2014 Honorary Cheerleader, was laid to rest May 13, 2015. Emily was a beautiful 8 year old who never had the opportunity to cheer or dance but enjoyed watching all of the talented athletes at our Hard Rockin’ Nationals in 2014 and 2015. We miss you so much Emily, and hope that now you can cheer and dance all you desire. RIP Emily.
Jada, CCC’s 2012 Honorary Cheerleader, lost her battle with Cancer on May 24th 2012. She was an inspiration to all of us and was able to brighten up a room with one simple smile! She had touched many of our lives that weekend and our prayers go out to her family. RIP Jada.
Skyler, CCC’s 2011 Honorary Cheerleader passed away. She was 12 years old. Rest in Peace Skyler.
Amber, CCC’s 2007 Honorary Cheerleader.