Meet our 2018 Honorary Cheerleader
When Jessica was 7 years old, we received a phone call from her doctor late one night with the results of blood tests that had been ordered due to unwarranted bruising and leg pain. The doctors words changed our lives forever. He informed us that Jessica had cancer and we needed to rush her to hospital immediately. Jessica, being the warrior she is, took it all in stride with laughs and giggles as she was admitted to the hospital and was subject to numerous tests and procedures to determine what was the best course of action to combat her CML which was in blast at it’s present state. As Jessie’s condition deteriorated quickly our family struggled to maintain our composure and maintain a strong resolve as the doctors worked tirelessly to stabilize Jess and determine the best course of treatment. After weeks in the PICU, Jessica responded well to treatment and she began to return to her bubbly normal self. Six weeks after being admitted, Jessica was sent home with a vast regiment of medication to control her CML and to begin a new chapter in her life.
After 4 years of struggling with severe and rare side effects (permanent hearing loss and pseudo tumors on her eyes) from her various medications, we were informed that the doctors believed the best course of action was to perform a bone marrow transplant. After testing our immediate family members, we were grateful to be informed that her sister Cristy (Angel) was a 100% donor match. In preparation for Jessica’s transplant, and with the knowledge that her reproductive system would likely be irreversibly damaged, we were informed about and chose to have Jessica undergo a procedure that removed one of her ovaries to hopefully be used to harvest eggs later in life. Jessica suffered from an infection and severe allergic reaction to the procedure which delayed the bone marrow transplant.
Jessica was admitted to hospital on the 26th of September 2017 to begin receiving her chemotherapy in preparation for her bone marrow transplant. On the 4th of October Jessica received the bone marrow transplant which was provided by her loving sister. Jessica struggled with severe mucositis and nausea during her treatment, but luckily, she has very little recollection of the ordeal due to the pain medication she was being administered. On the 7th of November 2017, Jessica was released from hospital and is negative for CML to date.
Jessica is an avid slime maker and spends much of her time performing her favorite past time. She enjoys making slime videos and trying to concoct new slime recipes. She misses being able to freely play with her dog Jaxson because of concern that he may snag her Broviac line or inadvertently scratch her. She can’t wait for the day when she can enjoy swimming again with her cousin James and run and play outside with him. She’s frequently annoyed by commercials on T.V. for McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell because it makes her mouth water, but she can’t eat fast food because of her restrictive diet. Jessica is an avid basketball fan and can’t wait for the day she gets to attend a Cavs game and can watcher her two favorite players, JR Smith and Lebron James. Jessica enjoys using her karaoke machine to sing songs by her favorite artist, Demi Lovato. Jessica hopes to learn Cosmetology one day and to be able to do Demi Lovato’s hair and makeup.
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
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!!!!
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
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.