A Kingsburg mother is asking residents to support her efforts on behalf of childhood cancer. Angie Gonzales is raising money for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer which funds and supports research and provides resources for families.The foundation, based in Bethesda, MD, began in 1987. Angie and Jason Gonzales are parents to 5-year-old Carson. Carson is a survivor of a rare kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor or nephroblastoma. About 500 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
The Gonzales family, who have two other children, Gage and Madison, are happy to report Carson continues to do well after surgery and treatment. Carson, who turns 6 on Nov. 7, regularly returns to Children’s Hospital Central California to track his progress.
Beginning in September, Gonzales is asking local businesses to allow CureSearch donation tags at their registers. Similar to other charity efforts, a shopper makes a $1 donation and then signs the tag.
In this case, the CureSearch tag will feature a photo of Carson along with other Kingsburg children diagnosed with cancer, Angie Gonzales says.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“CureSearch is designing little papers with gold ribbons and the pictures of Carson, Gino Garcia, Karissa Esajian and Auston Sperling,” she says. “We are also including Abby Needham, another child with cancer. Her mom teaches at Rafer Johnson Junior High and her grandparents live in Kingsburg. We felt she should be included even though she doesn’t live in town.”
In addition, Gonzales hopes residents will participate in the annual 2012 Fresno CureSearch Walk scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Buchanan High in Clovis.
“In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children’s cancer has increased from 10 percent to 78 percent. At CureSearch, our goal is 100 percent,” according to the CureSearch website, www.curesearch.org.
Last year, the Gonzales family along with 67 relatives and friends gathered to participate in the CureSearch Walk. Their team, dubbed Carson is Greater Than Cancer, raised $2,600.
“Ninety-five percent of every dollar raised goes directly to fund childhood cancer research,” Gonzales says.