September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthIn our three year history, Tally Connection has been fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with members of our community and hopefully, when we can, make a positive impact in their daily lives and help connect them with Tallahassee neighbors in their times of need and moments of celebration.  Recalling that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it would be a nice time to re-share these stories from two of the families in our circle of friends and fans.  Do you have a similar story you’d like us to share?  Contact Us!




A Story About Westin Dietz

By Amy Dietz

CureSearchMy nephew, Westin Dietz lost his 4 year battle to neuroblastoma at the age of 5.  He is my boys’ hero.  Our families believe in giving to the wonderful organization, CureSearch.  CureSearch is raising funds for all kinds of Pediatric cancers. When you research other cancer organizations, you will find that pediatric cancer is not a high priority. For example, I was shocked to learn that the American Cancer Society only allocates approximately 1% to pediatric cancer, and many other “well known” cancer centers are the same.  St. Jude, of course, is the most leading face of pediatric cancer specifically, and they do an incredible job.  CureSearch is the first conglomerate for pediatric cancer, and they donate to St. Jude as well as many other research facilities.


A Story About Kase Powell

For over a year now, Tally Connection has been inspired by one local family’s determination to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer through sharing their son’s tremendous story of strength and courage, in his fight.

Kase Powell’s story will inspire you too.  It’s a story of a little boy fighting a big battle. Like any good story, it has moments of sorrow and joy, it has chapters of humor and drama, and most importantly, it has a hero. Read the story of Kase, and then check out these ways you can fight back with Kase, his family and the rest of our community:

  • Like Kase’s Krusade on Facebook: By popular demand, a new facebook page was set up last week to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer through Kase’s story.  Become one of the almost 1000 fans of this new page now!
  • Buy Kase’s Necklace: The Kase necklace was thoughtfully designed for a friend of the Towne & Reese extended family, Kase Powell. Born in December 2009 and diagnosed with a brain tumor and cancer when he was just 18 months old, Kase is a young boy who has touched our hearts with his determination and his smile. The gray stone in this necklace signifies the color of brain tumor awareness and the metal represents strength of community. All of the proceeds from this special piece will be given to the Kase Powell Fund.  It went out of stock quickly the first time it was made available so don’t delay!
Thank you to Kase and his family for sharing their story and for fighting for so much good to come.

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