September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 2, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Devon Currie. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Devon’s Fund
Devon Currie’s Story:
David and Mary Currie were given the privilege of raising their precious son, Devon Mason Currie since April 27, 1988. After enduring Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, for nearly two years, Devon lost his battle on December 14th, 2008.
Devon was an athlete and warrior at an early age. He was involved with boy scouts, loved to fish and river raft, and competed in multiple sports. He began soccer at the age of 4, played baseball, basketball and football. At South Forsyth High School he focused on football, basketball and track; and lettered in all three his junior and senior years. Devon was a very hardworking athlete that gave 100% every play, every down, every foul and every throw in practice and during competition. He leveraged his fierce competitiveness to motivate his teammates around him. He belonged to FCA and attended Perimeter Church.
Fulfilling his dream to play college football, Devon was given that opportunity by receiving a full scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University where he majored in Criminal Justice. His dream was shattered when he had to leave his teammates to endure chemo, radiation, rib removal, two stem-cell transplants and further treatment so that he might get the chance to extend his life.
His final wish was granted by an anonymous angel from our Deerlake neighborhood. He was able to spend his last day riding 35 miles on his new Suzuki SX650 motorcycle. His family has never seen him so happy. He told his mom that while he was on his bike, it felt like he didn’t even have cancer. His last meal following his bike ride was at Jim ‘n Nicks which has become a special place for the Currie family and their friends to gather often.
Without intending to, Devon’s life became an inspiration to others. He humbly went about living life, not knowing that his struggles and journey’s would reach so many, young and old. He will be remembered in hearts all over the world.
Also, in honor of Devon, The South Forsyth football program decided to retire Devon Currie’s football jersey. The ceremony took place on Friday August 28th, before the football game with Alpharetta. The ceremony took place shortly after 7:00 PM at 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA. Here is what Devon’s family had to say about the ceremony:
Devon Currie, the 2005-06 team captain of the South Forsyth H.S. War Eagle football team inspired many of us not only with his performance on the football field, but his courage and approach to life off the field.
For those who had the privilege to watch Devon play, he represented that rare type of player who brought the anticipation of a special moment to each play on the field. After being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Devon approached his illness as those who knew him expected. With the heart of a lion, he took the challenge head on and battled every step of the way.
In recognition of Devon’s contributions as a student-athlete and to the community, S.F.H.S hereby officially retires the number 45 jersey of Devon Currie. This season, the War Eagle Football team will honor Devon with t
he No. 45 on the back of their helmets. In addition, Jeff Abraham, Touchdown Club President presented to the family a memorial flag in honor of Devon’s contributions to the War Eagle Football program.
About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:
September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!
Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.
For more information, please click here.
About CURE Childhood Cancer:
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.
Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
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Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.