Custer boy raises money for friend
Published: Thursday, October 24th, 2013
When Jacob West found out his friend, Steven Sires Cannon, was diagnosed with cancer, he did what any good friend would do. He decided to help in any way possible.
Cannon was diagnosed with Desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor, a childhood cancer that attacks soft tissues in boys and young adults. Cannon is being treated in Minneapolis, Minn., for at least five more months. Even though the two are a few grades apart, West and Cannon met through wrestling and quickly became friends.
“I was sad when I first heard the news,” West said. “I cried a little bit, but I wanted to help.”
West and his mother, Katie, began making bracelets and selling them in honor of Cannon.
“Jacob wanted to do something, so we figured we could make bracelets,” Katie said. “He’s always had a good heart and he really took it hard when Steven got sick. He wanted to do whatever he could to help.”
West began selling the bracelets at school and soon ran out. Then the idea came to buy the plastic bracelets with words of encouragement on them.
“We thought the plastic ones were better and could sell better,” Katie said. “Jacob thought he could help Steven more with those.”
West began selling the plastic bracelets, which read “Kicking cancer’s butt. Help fight for Steven,” at school and throughout the community for $5 per bracelet or two for $8 and three for $10. To date, West has made over $900 for Cannon and his family to use wherever needed.
“It’s really cool,” West said. “I’m happy to help him.”
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