The CONQUER shirt was designed as a way to encourage children with cancer that they can conquer this terrible disease, and as a way to raise money for this battle. Wearing your CONQUER shirt is one way to tell these children that you are by their sides in the battle for their lives. In addition, all profits are donated to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. By helping to fund the research and treatment going on at St. Jude in even this small way, you are helping us CONQUER childhood cancer.
The letters of the word are made up of many of the types of childhood cancer. Included in the words are the most common forms of cancers: leukemia, brain and central nervous system tumors, neuroblastoma, wilms tumor, lymphomas, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, bone tumors, and germ cell tumors. Many of the sub-types are also included along with some special terminology that kids with cancer know all too well: radiation, chemotherapy, infusion, transfusion, MRI, surgery, LP, and ANC. All of these words are big and scary to children (and parents), but together we can CONQUER childhood cancer.
We owe a special thanks to our friends who have helped to purchase some of the shirts allowing us to donate all of the money directly to St. Jude. We are also very appreciative of our friend Clayton Hunt at the Graphic Cow (www.thegraphiccowcompany.com) for providing these shirts at cost. Thank you also to Paul Farmer, an old college friend, who designed Team Ingram's logo.
Madison Dismuke became friends with a patient at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in 2010, a seven year-old girl from Louisiana named Ally. Seeing the effects of childhood cancer up close, Madison decided that she wanted to help by raising money for the hospital. She watched as her parents did so in 2011 as part of the St. Jude Marathon Weekend and got the idea to start a team of her own friends to do the same. Her project was supposed to begin in the Fall of 2012. However, her little brother, Ingram, was diagnosed with cancer in April 2012. And, thus, her mission began early.
Madison and her little sister, Lindsey, spent all summer going to businesses telling people about the work being done at St. Jude and the story of their little brother. They met with individuals, groups, and even management teams of global corporations. They had too; they had an ambitious goal. Madison and Lindsey wanted to raise over $100,000 for the fight against childhood cancer in honor of their brother. Currently the girls have raised over $140,000. To see their progress, please go to the Team Ingram page.
In order to keep raising awareness and money for the fight against childhood cancer after the St. Jude Marathon Weekend, Madison decided to start Kids Conquering Cancer. The initial goal is to sell t-shirts to help meet their revised goal of raising $200,000 for St. Jude. Longer term, the mission of Kids Conquering Cancer is to empower children to use their voices and energy to raise money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.