Cancer survivor raises donations for ‘CURE Childhood Cancer’ with chalk art competition

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The community is coming together this weekend to create art for a good cause.

When fundraisers for CURE Childhood Cancer were getting canceled due to the pandemic, a local family decided to create their own virtual event to help raise donations for the nonprofit. They say CURE has been there for them every step of the way.

“Resilient,”and “world-changing,” are just some of the words Beverly Rousch uses to describe her son Seth. The 16-year-old has been battling cancer for the past two years, but said perspective is everything even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“For me it was a wake up call to have that realization how important life is, how valuable each moment you spend with a person is, each second you spend on the Earth and no one knows how long it’s going to be,” Seth Rousch said.

The soon to be sophomore was diagnosed with Leukemia at 14-years-old, a moment in his life he said immediately changed who he was.

“When you get told you have cancer and your life is changing drastically in that way, you have to sometimes sit down and ask yourself ‘how do I want to appear to people”‘ I had to sit down and tell myself I’m going to smile when I don’t feel like smiling and I’m going to be strong when I don’t feel like being strong because if I can be strong and smile, then they can too,” the teenager added.

Beverly Rousch came up with the idea to host a virtual fundraiser for the charity that has helped them throughout Seth’s battle against cancer.

“It’s been a really hard road and CURE has been there from the very first week. It breaks my heart to think that on top of all of these things they’re also dealing with how can we raise funds to support families going through cancer,” she described.

Their fundraiser, ‘Seth’s Chalk Art for a Cause’ is a sidewalk chalk competition that raises money for CURE Childhood Cancer. Seth chose the theme “A Hopeful Future.” The family said laughter and family, helped get them through five rounds of Chemotherapy.

For a $10 entry fee, the contest is open to all people, of any age, and is being judged by Seth and some other children who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Prizes are being provided by a variety of local vendors, listed below.

  • Board and Brush Creative Studio
  • BLICK
  • Henny Penny
  • Painting With A Twist
  • Rancho Alegre
  • The Bayou Cafe
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Tequila’s Town
  • Little Diddles Sweetery
  • Latin Chicks
  • Krazian
  • River Street Sweets
  • Molly’s Fish & Chips
  • Savannah Food Truck Force
  • Bojangles’
  • Spanky’s

Entries must be done on a four by four foot square. Take a picture of your work and another with you next to it, and send your submission to sethschalkartforacause@gmail.com. To register, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to make a donation to CURE Childhood Cancer.

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