Area high school football players are going to be sporting a new accessory during September to help fight pediatric cancer.
Last football season, Gabriel Hutching, a pediatric cancer survivor wanted to add gold ribbons to the Tascosa High Football team’s helmets.
It was something the MTK Foundation backed him on.
Now, instead of one team, 23 teams across the high plains will be wearing pediatric cancer awareness ribbons on their helmets during September.
“It makes me feel good that people want to take an active role in a problem that is only getting worse, we see more in Amarillo than we ever have, our hospitals now have more pediatric cancer patients now than they ever have at least in recent memory,” said Levi Knebusch, the Executive Director of the MTK Foundation.
Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.
That’s why Hutching is excited to see more teams willing to help the fight.
“It feels like a sense of accomplishment that they are raising awareness about something that I went to and that other people are going to right now that I don’t want anybody to go through. That’s why I wanted the gold ribbons, to raise awareness and raise money to find a cure,” said Hutching.
Knebusch says along with the teams wearing the ribbons, the coaches have been willing to help in other ways.
“I have been invited to several of the teams to talk about pediatric cancer and what the MTK Foundation and other foundations in Amarillo trying to do to raise awareness to really get these things done and we hope to really make an impact and impact people’s lives,” said Knebusch.
We will have PSA’s running on KAMR Local 4 throughout September featuring all of the school’s coaches.