SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A city-wide fundraiser in Jackson County is aimed at helping benefit some of the smallest members of our community. It started with an idea and it’s moving forward with the help of some police officers.
“[Jaxon] was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor three years ago, almost,” Laura Guthrie says.
“Sadye is a six-year cancer survivor,” says Regan Webb, “She was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in 2008.”
Jaxon Guthrie and Sadye Webb were in mind when an idea started to become action. “I thought it would be neat if the police department would do something for childhood cancer awareness,” Laura Guthrie says. So she started to work on it.
“Laura called me and asked if we would like to participate with this, and we thought it was an excellent idea,” Regan Webb says.
“I was kind of surprised when they came back and said yeah, they’d do it,” Guthrie says.
They are officers with the Scottsboro Police Department.
The department is selling bright gold t-shirts for $10. All of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and — “Sadye’s Fund is a non-profit organization that helps people whose children have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses in this area,” Webb explains.
You guessed it, that’s named for Miss Sadye. “There was so much outreach from the community when Sadye was sick that we just felt the need to give back,” Webb explains.
“We are the community, us and the community are the same,” Lt. Erik Dohring says, “We live here, we work here, we’re here to help our community, and our children are our greatest asset. We were more than happy to jump on board. We came up with the shirts, and now we’re selling them and raising all of this money.”
“It’s turned out to be something great,” Guthrie says.
You can buy the $10 shirts through August, at the police department or different events held across town.