A 15-year-old cancer survivor is fighting to raise funds to find a cure for the disease that kills thousands of children every year.
At the age of 10, Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio was diagnosed with a highly aggressive and malignant bone tumor known as pelvic Ewings Sarcoma.
After 14 rounds of chemotherapy, he decided it was time a permanent cure for cancer be found to prevent more children from dying.
Malcolm and his mom are on a mission. They are sharing the names, faces and ages of children who were killed by cancer by touring the country with the National Angel Quilt.
They are traveling across the United States to raise awareness and funds for research for children's cancer. He made a stop in Kansas City at Union Station.
"The fact is people everywhere are effected by cancer, whether it is childhood cancer or adult cancer. It is different when it is a kid, because kids are supposed to grow up," Malcolm said.
Malcolm knows what the children on the quilt experienced in treatment. He survived round after round of chemotherapy and countless bone marrow transplants.
"I was going through treatment and learned all these incredible facts that I had no idea about kids cancer. A child has a one in 320 chance of being diagnosed with cancer before their 21st birthday," he said.
He couldn't believe only 3 percent of cancer research goes toward pediatric cancers.
"These types of facts motivated me to push through treatment and also to tell my mom that someone has to make some noise about this. It is wrong that kids are dying of cancer. Someone needs to change it," Malcolm said.
Malcolm started the non-profit Make Some Noise Pediatric Research Foundation. Since 2009, they have raised about $1.1 million for children cancer research.
"It's not nearly enough we need to find the cures," he said.
According to Make Some Noise, every school day, two classrooms of children are diagnosed with cancer, seven of them will die.
Malcolm hopes the quilt will capture the attention of the donors and the medical community to change that.
"There is promising research that is being done. I will get to see a cure in my lifetime," he said.
The 2013 summer tour is funded by a grant from New Jersey Heroes, the charity of Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
To learn more about how you can donate or how you can add your child's story to the quilt, click here.
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