High school sophomore sets up spirit week to help other patients for Child Cancer Awareness month | KETK.com
Posted: September 17, 2021 / 9:42 PM CDT / Updated: September 17, 2021 / 9:42 PM CDT
TYLER, Texas (KETK) — A high school student in East Texas goes out of his way to advocate for children battling cancer.
Aneesa Cedillo, a sophomore in high school, battled a rare cancer at age 6. This week she stepped up and created a ghost week around childhood cancer.
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10 years ago, Cedillo was diagnosed with Ewin’s sarcoma, a type of tumor that forms in bone or soft tissue.
“I didn’t know kids could get cancer until I was one of them and I went through it,” Cedillo said.
Cedillo survived the illness and has spent the past three years working on various initiatives within her school.
This year, she convinced her principal to approve a ghost week.
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“Honestly, when I first received the email, it was so strange to me that I thought, ‘Who is Aneesa? What is she talking about? I’m really not sure,’ and as a principal, of course, you need to know everything before you present it to your students,’ said Amanda Hortman, the principal of Early College High School.
But Cedillo’s conviction paid off.
“I was stunned that a kid her age could put something like this together, because it was a lot of organization,” Hortman added. “In fact, it put me to shame in a lot of ways, so I thought it had to be done.”
Each day of this week had a different theme related to beating cancer.
Cedillo said that heroes aren’t just superhuman.
“It just means a lot, hero, you think heroes are superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman, but you never think about kids getting cancer. They’re still heroes.”
In addition to Spirit Week, Cedillo, in partnership with Gold Network of East Texas, has also hosted a month-long donation effort.
She and the Gold Network have solicited donations that will specifically meet the needs of other East Texas children at the hospital, including extension cords, lip balm, air freshener plug-ins, and small toys for all ages.
Those who want to donate can go to www.goldnetworkoet.com/donate.