When Paula found out about CureSearch’s T-shirt design contest, she thought that this would be a great way to use her graphic design skills to help celebrate and honor children who are diagnosed with cancer. She considers Helena her hero, so the theme of “Heroes come in all sizes” came easily to her. Paula’s design won, and will be featured on the 2014 CureSearch Walk T-shirts!
Paula is no stranger to the children’s cancer world, her oldest daughter, Helena, was diagnosed with stage 3 Wilms tumor in June of 2012 when she was just 7-years-old. She and her family were shocked, but banded together during treatment. Helena underwent surgery to remove her right kidney, 7 rounds of radiation, and 7 months of chemotherapy. She responded well to treatment and will have her next set of scans and celebrate a full year off treatment on Valentine’s Day.
After Helena finished treatment, Paula began looking for an organization to get involved with. She asked her cancer support group for suggestions, and CureSearch was recommended by many of them. She found that there was a CureSearch Walk near her in Philadelphia and signed up immediately.
2013 was the family’s first year participating. Paula loved meeting other families in the area who had been affected by cancer. “We aren’t native to South Jersey, so being around other families who had been through a similar experience was very comforting,” explained Paula. “Helping raise funds to support research that will ultimately find a cure for children’s cancer brought a sense of empowerment. We can’t wait to participate in 2014.”
For a chance to wear the new CureSearch Walk T-shirt, visit www.CureSearchWalk.org to sign up for a Walk near you.