Altus Mayor David Webb proclaimed the month of September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Mayor’s Office with the Sheridan’s Sunshine Foundation. Webb is asking Altus citizens to remember Sheridan Nicole Bautista who lost her life to bone cancer in 2011, as well as remember all of the other children that have lost their lives to the disease, and to raise as much awareness as possible.
This year Jim and Melinda Bautista of Sheridan’s Sunshine Foundation have been selected to serve as co-chairs for the Cure Search Walk in Oklahoma City, held on Oct. 19 at Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive in OKC. In memory of their daughter, “Team Sheridan,” has goal to raise $10,500 and to date have raised $9,045, and are projected to exceed that number. Anyone interested in joining Team Sheridan or to make a donation to the cause can visit www.curesearchwalk.org/oklahomacity/teamsherida. The walk is to raise awareness and funds for research in treating childhood Cancer.
Sheridan Nicole Bautista would have been 10 years old on Sept. 16, but lost her life to bone cancer on Dec. 8, 2011. It was Sheridan’s thoughtfulness to start a foundation to benefit other children who suffer from childhood cancer. The foundation participates in several fund-raising events annually and makes several trips to the hospital each year to visit those children battling the disease and receiving treatments.
“1 in 300 boys and 1 in 330 girls are diagnosed each year,” Jim said, explaining that childhood cancer is more common than people realize. “Even around here it’s seems prevalent in Oklahoma.” Jim placed Oklahoma as fourth in the nation.
Melinda added that there is an inequality in research funding for children patients when compared to adults, and that more research needs to be done to find better chemotherapy treatments geared toward children.
Every year cancer takes the lives of more children than any other disease, and tens of thousands of children and teenagers worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer spares no one, affecting kids from every socioeconomic background.
Sheridan’s Sunshine Foundation prides itself on raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer and it’s much needed research for a cure and for better chemotherapy medicine geared toward children. They are firmly dedicated to raising as much awareness of childhood cancer by encouraging all Altus citizens to honor childhood cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers, to “Go Gold” during the month of September and show their support for childhood cancer awareness by wearing a gold ribbon, tying a gold ribbon around the trees around town, or just by telling a friend about childhood cancer.