DC’s CureFest advocates for cancer’s youngest warriors

Folks from across the nation are banding together for CureFest, an annual, weekend-long event in D.C., to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
During CureFest, representatives from pediatric cancer awareness foundations traveled to Capitol Hill to speak to lawmakers in hopes of getting increased research funding to find better treatments and, ultimately, cures for the various forms of childhood cancer. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Meet Asher, who is holding a sign with a photo of his older brother, Eli. A family friend told WTOP that Eli died from side effects of his neuroblasroma treatment February 11, 2018 at age 4. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Meet Asher, who is holding a sign with a photo of his older brother, Eli. A family friend told WTOP that Eli died from side effects of his neuroblastoma treatment February 11, 2018 at age 4. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Participants include “people who have children in treatment for cancer, people who have lost children to cancer, and there are a lot of people who are here who are just advocates, who don’t actually have a child that has been impacted by cancer,” said “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell, who was a single dad when his daughter Shayla was diagnosed with cancer at age 16. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Participants include “people who have children in treatment for cancer, people who have lost children to cancer, and there are a lot of people who are here who are just advocates, who don’t actually have a child that has been impacted by cancer,” said “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell, who was a single dad when his daughter Shayla was diagnosed with cancer at age 16. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
For Shayla, they unfortunately ran out of treatment options. Tom said they had candid conversations about what his life might look like after she died. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
For Shayla, they unfortunately ran out of treatment options. Tom said they had candid conversations about what his life might look like after she died. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
“One of the things that she made me promise is that I would do everything in my power to help other families and other children that were in similar situations,” he said. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Cosplayers came out to CureFest to bring smiles to the faces of participants. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Cosplayers came out to CureFest to bring smiles to the faces of participants. (WTOP/Liz Anderson) (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
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Meet Asher, who is holding a sign with a photo of his older brother, Eli. A family friend told WTOP that Eli died from side effects of his neuroblasroma treatment February 11, 2018 at age 4. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Participants include “people who have children in treatment for cancer, people who have lost children to cancer, and there are a lot of people who are here who are just advocates, who don’t actually have a child that has been impacted by cancer,” said “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell, who was a single dad when his daughter Shayla was diagnosed with cancer at age 16. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
For Shayla, they unfortunately ran out of treatment options. Tom said they had candid conversations about what his life might look like after she died. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)
Cosplayers came out to CureFest to bring smiles to the faces of participants. (WTOP/Liz Anderson)

WASHINGTON — Folks from across the nation are banding together for CureFest, an annual, weekend-long event in D.C., to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

During CureFest, representatives from pediatric cancer awareness foundations traveled to Capitol Hill to speak to lawmakers in hopes of getting increased research funding to find better treatments and, ultimately, cures for the various forms of childhood cancer.

Participants include “people who have children in treatment for cancer, people who have lost children to cancer, and there are a lot of people who are here who are just advocates, who don’t actually have a child that has been impacted by cancer,” said “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell, who was a single dad when his daughter Shayla was diagnosed with cancer at age 16.

For Shayla, they unfortunately ran out of treatment options. Tom said they had candid conversations about what his life might look like after she died.

“One of the things that she made me promise is that I would do everything in my power to help other families and other children that were in similar situations,” he said.

Still Brave, the Fairfax County-based organization Tom founded in Shayla’s memory, is one of many organizations represented at CureFest.


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