The Children's Cancer Center and two of its families – the Scheerhorns and LeSpatas – appeared on Good Morning America and also ABC World News with Diane Sawyer as the story of FSU Lineman Mikey Scheerhorn's generosity went viral!
Mikey is no stranger to the CCC. His brother Daniel is now a survivor of brain cancer, and Mikey, Daniel and the entire Scheerhorn family continue to be served by teh support programs of the CCC.
When Mikey learned that his team – the FSU Seminoles – were to play in the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA., Mikey decided this was the perfect chance for him to 'pay forward' the support he received from the CCC…
…So he offered us two exclusive tickets to the game for one of our parents and children currently on treatment. What's more, the generous hearted lineman wanted to raise the necessary funds to send the family to the game – all expenses paid.
So we helped him set up a crowdrise page to crowdfund…and watched as he not only raised the anticipated expenses of $5,000, but exceeded over $12,000, the balance going into other CCC family programs.
The rest is now viral history. The story ran on local Fox news, Bay News 9, Tallahasse's NBC station, a plethora of more than 50 major websites…
…And then came the call from Good Morning America producer, Emily Stanitz, and Mikey, Jayden (the patient recipient who won the essay competition for this FSU fan's chance of a lifetime) and the CCC were suddenly in the national spotlight.
We couldn't be more proud of Mikey, the Scheerhorns, the LeSpata family and everyone here at the Center who made all of this possible.
Oh yes, and we should add a roaring, "GO NOLES!" to the new Florida State BCS Champions!
Jan 10th, 2014 – By ABC News
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEGMENT WHICH AIRED ON GMA & WORLD NEWS
As an offensive lineman for the Florida State University football team, Michael Scheerhorn, a sophomore, knows how physical the game can be.
But for 12-year-old Jayden, a lifelong Seminoles fan who suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, it’s Scheerhorn’s strength of character that stands out.
It turns out that like Jayden, Scheerhorn’s brother, Daniel, was also diagnosed with cancer at a young age and Scheerhorn saw first-hand what it means to fight the disease and overcome odds.
“My brother is lucky as he can be,” Scheerhorn told ABC News. “He’s 22-years-old now, thriving in college and doing all these great things. And there’s people that weren’t as fortunate and lost a child, lost a brother, child, something, and that changed me.”
So when it came to tonight’s BCS title game between FSU and Auburn, Scheerhorn decided to allocate two of his personal tickets to Jayden and her mother, Jenny, making the girl’s dream come true of being able to attend the big game.
And to make sure their expenses were taken care of, Scheerhorn took to the Internet, raising more than $12,000 for Laspada’s family.
“The fact that I’m in the position to do something special for somebody who has gone through the same hell that we have, it really blew me away,” Scheerhorn explained.
The moment Jayden and her mom met Scheerhorn for the first time at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif., he told them how happy he was to have them in attendance.
“This is Jayden’s first Seminole game,” her mother, Jenny, said.
“Really?,” Scheerhorn replied. “Wow. Glad you got to come to this one.”
Jayden was thrilled for the opportunity, saying it was “really, really cool” to meet Scheerhorn because she’d never met any “famous” football players before.
“It’s uplifting and it makes me feel loved,” she added about all her supporters that helped her combat her illness and make this trip a possibility.
Although the national championship game between Florida State and Auburn isn’t until later this evening, Scheerhorn is already a big winner in Laspada’s eyes.
“Most people don’t get to walk onto the Rose Bowl and I’m blown away that I get to do it, I’m blown away that she gets to do it and that just makes me happy that someone else gets to feel the same happiness that I do,” said Scheerhorn.
Fulfilling Jayden's dream was made possible by the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa who connected Scheerhorn and Laspada, whose cancer is now in remission.
- ABC WORLD NEWS
Watch our live segment from STUDIO 10 Wednesday, Sept. 4th.
On Tues, Oct. 23rd, the CCC was proud to be featured by Charley Belcher, the fun-loving, dynamic roving reporter on Fox 13's Good Day Tampa Bay. Belcher's weekday morning segments, Charley's World, run ten live spots daily from 6:45am to 9:20am.
We were proud to use this priceless opportunity to launch our new S.A.I.L. program sponsored by Covelli Family Panera Bread Bakeries and Cafes.
S.A.I.L. stands for STUDENTS ACHIEVING through INTERACTIVE LEARNING and will be a weekend program which will provide parents the opportunity for their patient children and siblings to enjoy enhanced learning through the CCC and our mentor tutors.
If you have any questions about S.A.I.L. or would like to enroll your child, please contact ONDREA HAYDEL at 813-367-5437 ext. 8 or email her at email@example.com
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