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September Raises Awareness for Pediatric Cancer

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12-year-old Noah Burnison looks like any other normal boy, playing basketball with his younger siblings, but when he found out that he had cancer two years ago, it changed his life.

"It's confusing at first, at least it was for me. I just wanted to know how it worked, what was happening, and how severe it was," said Burnison.

After several tests, doctors finally diagnosed him with stage four Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, a shock to his mother, Breana Clark.

"It's every parent's worst nightmare. Everyone thinks it would happen to someone, but not your own child," said Clark.

But this family stuck together and began the treatment process.

"For about 6 months we went up to Kansas City once every three weeks. So he spent one week in the hospital receiving chemotherapy for about 5 or 6 days and then we came home for two weeks and kept doing that over and over," explained Clark,

It was expensive, but a friend set up a Go-Fund-Me account and the community came together to help pay for the thousands of dollars it took for Noah's care.

"To know that strangers just are willing to give and willing to help you when you're going through rough times, I mean there are no words, it's unexplainable," Clark said.

Clark wants people to know that September is about more than just acknowledging children can get cancer, it's about working towards a cure.

"Less than 4% of the funding for cancer research goes to pediatric cancer. So we really just need people to understand this month that we need to raise that awareness and we need to raise the amount of money going to find these new research procedures for these children," Clark said.

But after a tough battle, he's now able to get back to things he loves with the people he loves even more.

"It's hard to tell what it would truly be like without everyone's support, but it does give you more insight on how life works," Burnison stated.

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