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9-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Whose Bracelets Help Other Kids | TODAY


>>>SEPTEMBER’S PEDIATRIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. ACCORDING TO THE CANCER SOCIETY, MORE THAN 10,000 NEW CASES WILL BE DIAGNOSED THIS YEAR WITH CHILDREN 14 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER.>>THIS MONTH IS ALL ABOUT RAISING AWARENESS FOR EVERY CHILD TOUCHED BY THE DISEASE. THERE IS ONE REMARKABLE YOUNG SURVIVOR WHO IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE.>>BECCA SALMONS IS AN ACTIVE 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO LOVES SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND PLAYING WITH HER DOG.>>BECCA IS BRAVE. SHE IS SMART, SHE IS KIND. SHE IS FEISTY.>>WHEN SHE GETS HER MIND ON SOMETHING, SHE KEEPS ONGOING.>>SHE’S AN AMAZING KID.>>BECCA IS ALSO A FIGHTER. WHEN SHE WAS JUST 6, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ACUTE LIMPO BLASTIC LEUKEMIA.>>I REMEMBER COMPLAINING THAT MY HIP HURT AND A DOCTOR JUST CAME IN AND SAID YOUR DAUGHTER HAS CANCER AND MY MOM STARTED CRYING. I SAID MOM, WHAT IS CANCER. SHE SAID IT’S A DISEASE. SHE SAID YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE YOUR HAIR. THEN I STARTED TO CRY BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE MY HAIR.>>HOW DOES THAT FEEL?>>IT’S GOOD.>>THERE WAS A LOT OF BAD DAYS IN THE BEGINNING. YOU WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY. JUST GIVE THIS TO ME. I’M AN ADULT. I HAVE LIVED. NO CHILD SHOULD EVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT.>>BECCA ENDURED 26 MONTHS OF CONSTANT TREATMENT.>>SPINAL TAPS AND HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS. SHE TOOK CHEMO EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HER TREATMENT. IT WAS A LONG HAUL.>>ON NOVEMBER 13th, 2016, BECCA CELEBRATED HER LAST DAY OF TREATMENT.>>IT’S MY CAKE.>>EVER SINCE HER MONTHLY CHECK UPS HAVE SHOWN NO SIGNS OF CANCER.>>I WANTED TO BE A NORMAL KID. THAT’S WHAT EVERY KID WANTS IT DO WHEN THEY GO THROUGH TREATMENT. THAT’S WHAT THE KIDS WANT TO DO. ASKING THEIR MOM AND DAD, WHEN ARE WE LEAVING? WHEN CAN I PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS? WE DECIDED WE HAVE TO GIVE BACK.>>THAT’S WHEN KNOTS AND ARROWS WAS BORN.>>KNOTS AND ARROWS IS A COMPANY MADE OF SWIMSUIT MATERIAL TO REMIND PEOPLE TO JUST KEEP SWIMMING AND NEVER GIVE UP. I LOVE THE BEIGE BECAUSE IT GOES WITH ANYTHING. THE MISSION OF KNOTS AND ARROWS IS TO END CHILDHOOD CANCER.>>THE NAME SERVED AS A MOTTO.>>THE FIRST QUOTE, KNOTS, WHEN YOU REACHED THE E END OF YOUR ROPE, TIE A KNOT AND HANG ON. ARROWS, WHEN LIFE IS PULLING YOU BACK WITH DIFFICULTY, IT JUST MEANS IT’S GOING TO LAUNCH YOU INTO SOMETHING GREAT.>>WITH THE PROCEEDS GOING TO CHILDHOOD CANCER CAUSES.>>WE WERE FORTUNATE. WE ARE VERY BLESSED SHE IS HERE AND WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK.>>KNOTS AND ARROWS IS A BUSINESS WITH GIVING AT ITS CORE AND DONATED THOUSANDS TO RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS AND FAMILIES IN NEED.>>THIS IS A BIG HIT RIGHT NOW. UNICORNS. I’M KBINING BRACELETS AND LISTENING TO MUSIC AND PACKING ORDERS. I’M ALWAYS GOING TO THE POST OFFICE WHICH IS A GOOD THING SO PEOPLE CAN GET THEIR BRACELETS.>>BECCA’S FATHER IS ALSO A CANCER SURVIVOR AND HELPING TO RUN KNOTS AND ARROWS WITH BECCA.>>I CALL MY DAD MY CURE. I WOULD BE IN THE HOSPITAL AND SIT THERE CRYING AND MY DAD WOULD PLAY GAMES WITH ME. IT MADE ME FORGET ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH. MY DAD SAID ALL YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IS MIND OVER MATTER.>>NOW THAT SURVIVING SPIRIT IS LEADING THE CHARGE TO HELP THE FIGHT AGAINST PEDIATRIC CANCER ONE BRACELET AT A TIME.>>NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE AND HOW YOU ACT, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.>>HATS OFF TO THAT LITTLE GIRL.>>MY HERO.>>SHE IS SO AWESOME.>>ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT THEY DONATE TO IS TOMORROW’S CHILDREN’S FUND TO HELP THOSE TOUCHED BY CHILDHOOD CANCER. YOU ARE DOING A FUND-RAISER FOR THEM.>>NEXT WEEK IN HOBOKEN. YOU CAN GO TO MY WEBSITE AND JOIN

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