Local Foundation Teams Up With Bridgestone Golf To Benefit Youth Cancer Survivors

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Staff report

Golfers can help kids battling cancer while playing the sport they love.

The Chiera Family Foundation has launched a new “challenge” that asks people to strike a pose with a N.I.C.K.’S CAMP golf ball, to help support and raise awareness to local kids fighting cancer.

The foundation has teamed up with Bridgestone Golf to help with the fundraising efforts. N.I.C.K. stands for Nothing Is Impossible for Cancer Kids. All of the proceeds from the sale of these golf balls will give kids a summer experience.

The money pays to send kids who have had cancer to Camp Boggy Creek for a summer program.

If you purchase a golf ball, take a photo or video hitting a N.I.C.K.’s CAMP golf ball in an unusual place for a chance to win free entry into the N.I.C.K.’s CAMP golf tournament in South Florida.

Email your entry to info@chierafamilyfoundation.org or use #playitforward on social media.

Bridgestone Golf merchandise will be awarded to people who send in photos and videos.

The program has helped 14-year-old Delray Beach resident Shaniyah Gross attend camp. This year was her third year the cancer survivor will attend the camp.

She said she has been cancer free for almost 11 years. She only has one kidney because she had to have her left kidney removed. She remembers losing her hair when she was going through treatment.

Now, she is back to teenage life where she spends a lot of time dancing. Her nickname “Blue” comes from her hair, which she said she often dyes her favorite color blue.

She said one of the highlights of the summer camp is being able to meet other people who have been through similar situations.

In addition to sharing stories and bonding, she said she likes participating in all the activities, sleeping in the air conditioned cabins and nightly cabin talks.

“I really like it,” she said. “You get to meet new people.”

Some of the same kids who have been sent to camp and attended golf clinics are also going to college through N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships.

For more information about getting involved with the Chiera Family Foundation, visit ChieraFamilyFoundation.org or call 1-800-344-0545, ext 21.