Dec. 18, 2006
On Saturday, December 16, 2006, Children’s Chance and the USC Athletic Department sponsored the 6th Annual “An Evening with the Gamecocks” event for South Carolina children with cancer and their families. The event was held at Williams Brice Stadium in the Zone and gave children with cancer, their siblings, and family members a unique opportunity to have dinner with the football players and coaches. Children with cancer enjoyed interacting with the football team, taking pictures, and getting T-Shirts sponsored by Children’s Chance and Eat More Tees, as well as other paraphernalia, autographed.
Families like the Knighton’s of Joanna, SC (son Nicholas, age 12, is a pediatric cancer patient) enjoyed a delicious dinner sponsored by the USC Athletic Department and had a great time interacting with the players and coaches. On behalf of all families who have or are currently dealing with pediatric cancer, we say THANK YOU!!!!!!! We look forward to “An Evening with the Gamecocks” every year. The memories are priceless. Thank you for everything you do. God Bless. – The Knighton Family.
Running Back Cory Boyd and Coach Steve Spurrier both said a few words, already looking forward to next year’s event. Coach Spurrier then summed up the event very well, explaining, “These kids think the players are real heroes. These players think the kids are real heroes.” Also, on behalf of all the kids battling cancer in South Carolina, Clayton Reeves, age 9 (pediatric cancer patient treated at Palmetto Health Richland) and his Dad, presented Coach Spurrier and the team a Good Luck Card to take with them on their trip to the Liberty Bowl; the card was signed by all the children at the event.
This year’s, “An Evening with the Gamecocks” event was definitely the biggest and best yet hosting about 100 families who have a child with cancer with close to 400 kids, siblings, and family members attending. For more information on how you can help children with cancer and their families or to find out more about the annual, “An Evening with the Gamecocks” event, contact Children’s Chance at 803-254-5996 or www.childrenschance.org.