How to help
To make a donation to CURE Childhood Cancer in honor of the Sorrell family, visit www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kristen-sorrell/2011curekids.
A Forsyth County woman will be among the some 500 mothers honored Saturday who have been through one of the most difficult experiences a parent can face.
Jennifer Sorrell will join the women in Atlanta for CURE Childhood Cancer’s annual Quiet Heroes luncheon.
The event pays tribute to mothers of children with cancer and raises money for pediatric cancer research.
At age 3, Sorrell’s daughter, Kristen was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought a tough battle, which included 27 months of chemotherapy.
Now 8, the child has been cancer-free for some time and she’s "doing great," her mother said.
Sorrell has continued the fight by fundraising to support CURE, which she said is probably what got her the invitation for the luncheon this year.
She’s attended for the past four or five years, and said she most enjoys catching up with the other mothers.
"It is so special for each of us to get to see each other and give support and hugs to the only moms who can truly understand what we have gone through," Sorrell said.
Some of the medical updates about their children are wonderful to hear, she said, but sadly not all of them.
That’s what keeps Sorrell continuing in her efforts for CURE.
Sorrell has been raising money for the organization online this month since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
"We want to see the day when every child who is diagnosed with cancer can be guaranteed a cure," she said. "Even better will be to find a way to stop it from happening altogether."