Terminal Cancer: Walk-a-thon to honor sixth-grader

Published on Friday, 9 May 2014 00:07 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Boulter Middle School community will participate in a special walk-a-thon today to honor and celebrate sixth-grader Bre’Shauna Washington, who is battling terminal cancer.

The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event will begin at 9 a.m. at Boulter, 2626 Garden Valley Road. The sixth-grade English, language arts and reading department is putting on the event, according to a Tyler ISD news release.

The event schedule is as follows: community members can walk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; sixth-graders can walk from 9 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.; seventh-graders can walk from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and eighth-graders can walk from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Registration costs $1 per walker and all walkers are asked to collect pledges from the community.

Participants who reach their $100 pledge goal will receive a free event T-shirt and goodie bag, according to the news release.

People also can purchase event T-shirts or give donations at the school’s front office.

“Bre’Shauna’s faith is astonishing, and we want to do all we can to support her in her fight against cancer,” Boulter Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator Jo DeMoville said, according to the news release.

Two years ago, Bre’Shauna was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, or t-cell lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

After intense chemotherapy, followed by a brief time of improvement, the cancer returned in March.

Bre’Shauna is a Boulter cheerleader and member of the National Junior Honor Society and Advancement Via Individual Determination.