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3 Dads united by Cancer

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Three fathers share a unique bond. All of them have a child diagnosed with some form of childhood cancer. 

Tommy Sullivan lost his 6-year-old son Thomas this year.  You may remember the little boy.  He had a bright, large smile and a love for Superman. In the end, Superman couldn't defeat Medullosblastoma, a brain cancer that ultimately claimed his young life. 

"Ideally, we wouldn't want anymore children to have to suffer the same thing," said Sullivan. 

The dads, along with other parents, are painting ribbons on football fields to raise awareness about a disease that hits close to home for too many families. 

Andy Thrower, President & Co-Founder of 'A-Team Ministries' works with families whose children are diagnosed with cancer, which has no cure though treatment options have improved. 

"Our son was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009. So, we are able to understand and relate to some of the needs and situations that the families go through because we are a cancer family also," said Thrower. 

A-Team ministries provides families of those with cancer stricken children with resources, financial support, counseling and guidance. 

"Here in the state of Alabama there is an average of 140 children that go to Children's of Alabama for pediatric cancer treatment," he said. 

David Watkins knows just how important support can be.  

"My daughter was born with down syndrome. So, she had that going against her at first, then she developed Leukemia, which was brought on by the down syndrome," said Watkins. 

His daughter and Tommy's son were at Children's of Alabama at the same time. 

"You become a close knit family on the 8 quarter back of Children's hospital," said Watkins. 

So far, the men have painted over a dozen fields in Jefferson, St. Clair and Shelby Counties. Their hope is that the ribbons, a sign of Childhood Cancer Awareness, will not only give comfort to those enduring the fight but also serve as a comforting reminder that people are behind them and care.

 

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