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Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN

Cancer-Fighting Heroes Unite!

By May 3, 2012

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Although I've been a nurse for years, I didn't actively join the fight against colon cancer until recently. This rewarding path has allowed me to meet many incredible people who advocate for cancer awareness. Last week, I had the honor of learning about four exceptional children: Chloe Staten, Emily Brown, Abby Miller and Abigail Knight. Between the tender ages of 14 and 15, these children earned The Prudential Spirit of Community Award for their personal efforts in the fight against cancer.

As a cancer survivor herself, Chloe has become an advocate for other children fighting cancer. She has personally visited sick children and arranged fundraisers to help cover their medical expenses. She voluntarily participates in relays and radio programs to help raise awareness and money for the cause. Go Chloe!

Emily implemented a program to raise breast cancer awareness in her high school called "Sports for a Cure" - providing knowledge about proper screening and early detection at school athletic events. She has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Go Emily!

Abby uses her voice and guitar skills to raise money in public places for pediatric cancer research efforts. She can be found on YouTube, but she doesn't sing for personal gain. She uses social outlets to help raise awareness for children fighting a type of nervous tissue cancer called neuroblastoma. Go Abby!

Abigail started a project called, "Candy for the Cure" - a fundraising effort she hopes can help fund a cure for cancer. Abigail personally makes the tasty treats baking cupcakes and cookies based on orders from her community. Go Abigail!

These future cancer advocacy leaders have been named as State Honorees and hail from Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia and Alabama, respectively. They will be in Washington, D.C. on May 7th, competing for the title of "National Honoree". If you want to learn more about the Prudential Foundation Awards or our future leaders in cancer advocacy, check out the press release here.

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