Student with cancer gives back to the cause

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

One Johnson County eighth grader is putting aside her battle with brain cancer to help other children with the disease. Tamisha Blevins was diagnosed with cancer about a year and a half ago and has already had three brain surgeries. She is spear-heading a fundraiser that will raise money to make gift baskets for kids at Saint Jude's Hospital.

This is Tamisha Blevins, an 8th grader fighting stage four brain cancer.

"She is just always upbeat and you can't help but feel really really good about everything in the entire world when you know Tamisha. She makes everything better," said Andrea Coleman, one of Tamisha's former teachers.

And she is making things better, for other kids with cancer. Tamisha started her own non-profit organization called JC stands up.

"It's mainly about cancer patients. We take donations and make gift baskets and with those gift baskets we give them to cancer patients. We want to make them happeir," said Tamisha Blevins, the founder of JC Stands Up.

To raise the money to do this, Tamisha and her classmates are putting on a Christmas show.

"There's going to be a skit, there's going to be dancing, there's going to be signing and I'm going to be doing a speech," Blevins said.

"All the money that we get donated and that we will raise will go to making the Christmas baskets and stuff that we'll do in 2011," said Adriana Kretzer, Tamisha's best friend.

Tamisha says helping others helps her.

"I can get stronger by seeing the other children that are getting happier with all of this and that makes me happy," said Blevins.

Tamisha will be performing alongside more than 30 of her classmates for the fundraiser. The show is on Saturday night at the Sipp Theatre in Paintsville from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a five dollar cover at the door, all proceeds going towards the cause.

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