Students donate to childhood cancer research

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

SAN ANTONIO -- A group of local students saved their money all month to raise awareness for one little girl's memory.

"Gabriella was five years old when she was diagnosed. She turned six last year, and she passed away a week after that," her father Cecilio Torres said.

Gabriella Torres had a rare form of brain cancer called DIPG, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. She passed away in Nov. 2015.

"There is no cure. There's been no change in the last 30-40 years in terms of how it's being treated. They have about a nine month to two year survival rate," her father said.

Children with the condition can only receive palliative treatment to relieve symptoms, and their conditions decline quickly.

DIPG primarily affects children between 5-9 years old.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and each grade at the school where Gabriella's mom works dropped off their donation Thursday.

All together, the Harmony School of Excellence raised more than $1,200 to benefit the Gabriella's Smile Foundation.

"We are so thankful for that and just blown away," Gabriella's mother Isabel Torres said.

Gabriella's older brother Jadon and older sister Amaris also attend the school.

“It's important for my baby sister and to help other kids,” Jadon said of the "Cans for Change" donation campaign.

The Torres family said the money raised will go toward DIPG research to help find a cure.

"The more people are informed about this cancer, people can tell their friends and tell the community to help fund research," Cecilio Torres said.

(© 2016 KENS)


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