Lane Goodwin, the McLean County teenager whose journey through his battle with cancer has gone viral, is the inspiration for a new method of bringing awareness to childhood cancer. It all starts with the click of a mouse.
McLean County resident Anita Perez, who actually lives just a few miles from Lane, says that lately it's been hard for her to stop thinking about all the children fighting cancer and late last week, she decided to do something about it.
Perez created the Adopt A Child Hero Facebook group.
"I guess I have a special place in my heart for people that have cancer in general," said Perez.
Her dad passed away from cancer not too long ago, which was also inspired her to create the group.
"Knowing how hard that was, I just can't imagine if I had to do that with my child," said Perez.
The group has a little over 350 members right now and about 40 pages dedicated to children fighting cancer.
Visitors can choose any page they'd like and then 'adopt' that child by showing their support.
Perez says the philosophy behind the group is simple.
"My hope is to have every child to have someone just to commit themselves to pray for a certain child every day, help financially if that's possible, send them a card, just let them know that somebody out there is thinking about them, too," she said.
Perez Believes this heightened awareness is all thanks to Lane and his message.
With all the attention Lane's getting, I know that's an answered prayer for him because he wants to raise awareness for childhood cancer," said Perez.
Perez does her best to read over all the pages and make sure they're legitimate, but she wants to remind people that there are instances where that's not the case.
Always be aware and report anything that appears to be a scam.
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