Teri Freeman is a Birmingham CureSearch Walk committee member. Her daughter, Bekah, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 12 years old. Since then, Teri has become an advocate for children with cancer, telling anyone who will listen about the importance of increased funding and awareness.
Q: What lead you to CureSearch?
A: My daughter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 12. When she was diagnosed we wanted to gather every bit of information that we could. After seeing what children with cancer go through, the lack of funding, and the outdated treatments, I knew that I had to find a way to give back. I heard about CureSearch while at the hospital one day, and knew that it was perfect for me.
Q: What lead you to becoming a CureSearch Walk Committee Member?
A: I followed CureSearch through the years and when I received an email about the first Birmingham Walk, I jumped on board. The first year, I signed up for the Walk, but couldn’t attend, my daughter attended the Walk on my behalf, and now is involved with CureSearch as well. Last year, I signed up to be a committee member, fundraise and spread the word as much as possible. This year I am on the committee again!
I will tell anyone about the importance of helping children with cancer. A lot of people are weary of donating, but I like to remind them that the money is going to help children like my daughter. Even if they can’t come to the Walk, they can donate or be a virtual walker. Even something small can make a big difference. The Walk gives me a way to tell others about something that I am passionate about.
Q: What is the hardest part of being a Walk committee member?
A: Knowing how much more funding is needed to advance treatments can be discouraging, but I always tell myself that every little bit counts. It is also hard to get people to talk about children’s cancer. It’s a hard topic for people to discuss, but once I present them with the facts, they are much more eager to get involved. I like to remind people that I wasn’t a cancer mom until the day that my daughter was diagnosed.
Q: What is your favorite part of the CureSearch Walk?
A: Seeing the children thriving is the best part. Knowing that the money that I helped raise is going to make better treatment for them is an amazing feeling. The day is all about celebrating the progress we have made, but also recognizing how much more we have to do.