Seven year-old boy helps start a breast cancer charity organization
Jul 29, 2011
A young boy made breast cancer news by laying the groundwork for a charity organization when he was seven years old.
Hunter Stewart's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was seven. The Stewart family attended a Major League Baseball game on Mother's Day that year, and Hunter made note of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation that recognized breast cancer patients on the field, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Hunter, who raced trophy karts at the time, pledged to donate five dollars for each lap he completed to Susan G. Komen. His actions inspired others to contribute, and he soon raised $1,000 and gamed fame by appearing on Forbes Magazine's "Top 10 Role Models 18 and Under" and the Ellen Degeneres Show.
The Stewart family established the Racing 2 Cure Foundation with the father, Todd as president and the recuperated mother as secretary.
"I wanted to start a foundation that helps moms so they won't have to go through breast cancer anymore," Hunter, now 11 years old, told the source. "We would donate to the local Susan G. Komen affiliate, and now we have a whole website."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the number one diagnosed form of cancer across women of all races and ethnicities.