On May 15th, 2009 at the age of five, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. While trying to cope with the childhood cancer, I was introduced to a program called Beads of Courage at Children’s of Alabama. Beads of Courage helped me cope with the difficulties of having cancer. I received a bead for various steps in my journey like having chemotherapy treatments, radiation treatments, staying overnight in the hospital, MRI/CT scans, blood and platelet infusions, losing my hair, and other special beads for overcoming my fears.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I have founded a fundraiser called Sydney’s Coins for Courage to help other children cope with cancer just as I did. In September 2011, Sydney's Coins for Courage raised $4,379. and my goal was only $2,500. That money was used to start a new Beads of Courage sibling program at Children's of Alabama and to help establish more programs around the country. This year, I hope to raise $5,000. to help support Beads of Courage while inspiring children across the country to be brave, strong, and faithful just as I was.
During my journey and battle with cancer, I got to see and do some amazing things. My family was able to get special designed Space beads on two NASA space shuttle flights to the International Space Station. The STS-132 crew flew a set of seventeen beads upon Space Shuttle Atlantis in May 2010. A year later, the STS-134 crew flew thirty-five beads aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor in May 2011. These special beads are now a part of a traveling exhibit which will travel to hospitals across the United States to encourage other children battling cancer and life-threatening diseases and more can be found at www.beadsinspace.com.
There are two ways to donate to this fundraiser. You can make donations through this website or you can visit one of the businesses listed below through 09/30/2012 to deposit loose coins, paper money, or checks maded payable to Beads of Courage. All donations are tax-deductible and will be used to encourage children just like me! Even $5.00 can make a difference in another child's life.
On May 15th, 2012 at the age of eight, I stood cancer-free for two years! Help me celebrate lifefrom cancer and help encourage others in the battle by donating to my fundraiser!
To deposit loose coins, paper money, or checks payable to Beads of Courage, please visit these businesses before 09/30/2012:
To learn more about me and my journey, you can also visit my website at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/sydneynewton
There is also a video about Beads of Courage that was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and features a picture of Sydney with the founder of Beads of Courage, Jean Baruch, at the 2:09 mark.
Thank for your support!
Ms. Sydney Newton
1 Corinthians 16:13