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Players, community honor children battling cancer
Black Out Childhood Cancer event raises $3K

by McKenzie Cunningham

September 30, 2013

Cheerleaders carried buckets with the faces and stories of local children affected by cancer.
Andrea Hutchinson and Mary Currie were presented special gifts in memory of their sons.
Chris Dimino, Collier Cayce, KatieLee Kaner, Kristen Sorrell (all childhood cancer survivors) and Ovie Mughelli.
South Forsyth cheerleaders wearing their gold ribbons in support of children who battle cancer along with some of their favorite young supporters.
CUMMING, Ga. — On Sept. 20, South Forsyth High School held their Black Out Childhood Cancer event at a football game against Lambert HS.

The South cheerleaders wore gold ribbons in their hair to honor children battling cancer. Students and community members wore specially designed T-shirts to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The shirts recognized two former South Forsyth football players, Brian "Superman" Parks and Devon Currie, who each passed away because of cancer.

Parks wore No. 9 at South and Currie wore No. 45.

Their families were invited on the field for a special presentation. Each of their mothers was presented a memory box with a child holding a gold heart representing childhood cancer, as well as a bouquet of flowers adorned with ribbons that had their sons' football numbers on them.

Chris Dimino, a professional broadcaster, and Ovie Mughelli, a former Atlanta Falcons player, joined childhood cancer survivors Collier Cayce, KatieLee Kaner and Kristen Sorrell during the special presentation.

The students and faculty at South raised nearly $3,000 for the Rally Foundation.

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month. About 13,500 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year. Organizations like Rally Foundation raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.