WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A local group in the Cape Fear has raised thousands of dollars ahead of the annual Reelin ‘for Research fishing tournament in Morehead City this weekend.
The Wilmington Cancer Moms participated in the tournament for three years, and it would have been four had it not been for COVID-19, canceling the tournament last year.
Every year teams that want to compete must raise $ 1,000 to participate. In the past year, the Wilmington Cancer Moms have raised more than $ 32,000. Every cent goes to cancer research in children at UNC Children’s Hospital.
One of the many raising money for charity in the Cape Fear is Cancer mom Amy Hermann.
“Once you see a child develop cancer, that changes everything,” said Hermann. “It is the number one cause of death from illness of children in our country. 1 out of 285 children in the US will develop childhood cancer. “
Hermann’s son Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 8 years old. Fortunately, she says the diagnosis came with a 97 percent survival rate and that he is now in remission and getting ready to graduate high school.
“That’s what every parent wants, to get to this point and see their child happy and grow up and realize their dreams,” Hermann said. “I hope we can use this weekend to make that possible for more families.”
There are 12 main types of childhood cancer. Hermann says they are raising money so that they all have a great chance of survival.
“A lot of them don’t have a very good survival rate, some don’t have a survival rate at all. 1 in 5 children diagnosed with childhood cancer will not survive, ”said Hermann. “I just want to do my part to make a difference so that families have hope when their children are diagnosed.”
If you’d like to donate to the Wilmington Cancer Moms team or learn more about Reelin ‘for Research, visit here.