Asheville Mall guests will only have today, August 18, 2013, to meet a very special young male cancer patient who lost his hip at the age of 11, and who wants to show them the stories and faces of many more children who have died from cancer themselves. And he's revealing those stories by using an "Angel Quilt" and by telling his own story.
Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, when he was just 10 years old, but that didn't stop the young boy from selling wristbands for $3 a pop in order to raise awareness of how many children get cancer--and how little our government pays for research into preventing it or treating pediatric cancer compared to adult cancers. He says government funding for this type of research is only 3 percent.
And despite his own victory regarding cancer--at a cost of $500,000--he still says he can't call himself a survivor yet, because he is just in remission until he has not had a recurrence of the disease for 10 consecutive years.
The Make Some Noise founder hopes others will see the need to join him in his fundraising efforts, therefore, for all the other children who may get diagnosed now and in the future. And who will not have that kind of money to pay for treatment.
On Sunday Malcolm will be on hand to talk more about his Make Some Noise Foundation, which sponsors the National Angel Quilt tour each summer. And he hopes those at the Asheville Mall will care enough about stopping child cancer to come out and learn how they can help him spread awareness about the thousands of children who die from cancer each year, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
To hear Malcolm's hip cancer story and meet some of the children who have impacted him along the way, watch the Make Some Noise video above or visit the Makesomenoise4kids.com website.