Survivor Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio is making sure victims of pediatric cancer are always remembered
Posted in , Feb 24, 2016
At 10 years old, Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio began experiencing pain in his hip and was diagnosed with Pelvic Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive pediatric bone cancer. While receiving chemotherapy and trying to raise funds for a cure, Malcolm’s friend Michael, who’d been staying in the hospital room two doors down, passed away of Ewing’s sarcoma. Malcolm decided to start his own foundation (with his mother’s help), called Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer.
“I didn’t want [Michael] to be forgotten,” a now-17-year-old Malcolm writes in the March/April 2016 issue of Guideposts’ Angels on Earth magazine. In addition to raising funds for cures for pediatric cancers, Malcolm started the National Angel Quilt so that Michael and so many other children who had succumbed to cancer, would forever be remembered.
“Families send a photo that we print onto a fabric square and we send it back to the family to decorate.
The returned squares are sewn onto a quilt that is now 13 feet high and 45 feet wide,” Malcolm says.
The National Angel Quilt toured around the country, honoring the children who passed away and raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. Watch a video of the making of the quilt full of angels below.
For more foundations dedicated to helping children with cancer, check out:
Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1970, this foundation's mission is to "find a cure for pediatric cancer."
American Childhood Cancer Organization
With more than 40 local chapters around the country, ACCO is dedicated to "fighting this last great disease killer of children."
With the help of 10s of thousands of volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children dealing with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer.