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8-year-old boy battles cancer

CHARLOTTE — One year ago, Jackson Martin, an eight-year-old boy with ties to Pulaski County, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Over the past year, Martin, who is now a third grade student at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville, N.C., has undergone chemotherapy treatment at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Fortunately, Martin has also had the opportunity to be involved with Camp C.A.R.E. (Cancer Ain’t Really the End), a volunteer organization formed in 1985 by a group of health care professionals that provides activities throughout the year for children in the Charlotte metro area who have or have had cancer.
Their biggest event is a free week-long camp at Lake Lure, N.C., which hosts more than 140 campers, giving them a chance to get away from the realities of living with cancer and a chance to share their thoughts with other children like themselves.
Camp C.A.R.E. is staffed by all volunteers, many of which are nurses, doctors and child life specialists from Charlotte area clinics and hospitals.
Many of the counselors were once patients themselves.
To help give back to an organization that has provided Martin with such positive experiences over the past year, he and his family have formed “Team Jackson” and are participating in a Camp C.A.R.E. Walk-a-thon this Saturday, Sept. 27, in Charlotte.
As Martin’s father, Mitch, is a native of Pulaski County and is a 1977 graduate of Pulaski County High School, he is hoping that members of the community where he grew up will help sponsor Martin in this weekend’s walk-a-thon, and help give back to an organization that has made life a little easier for his son.
Two other members of Martin’s family still reside in Pulaski County, including his grandmother, Dawn Farmer Martin, who is a life-long resident of Dublin, and his aunt, Pam Martin Bolt, who currently resides in Draper.
Those interested in sponsoring Martin in the walk-a-thon by making a donation may forward a check to: Team Jackson, 12730 McGinnis Lane, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Camp C.A.R.E. is a non-profit 501C(3) organization, which would not be possible without contributions and fund-raising efforts from its supporters.
To learn more about Martin, visit the web site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacksonmartin
For more information about the Camp C.A.R.E. walk-a-thon, visit www.campcare.org/pjwalk.htm
Jena Hardy may be contacted at jena@southwesttimes.com

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8-year-old boy battles cancer

CHARLOTTE — One year ago, Jackson Martin, an eight-year-old boy with ties to Pulaski County, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Over the past year, Martin, who is now a third grade student at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville, N.C., has undergone chemotherapy treatment at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Fortunately, Martin has also had the opportunity to be involved with Camp C.A.R.E. (Cancer Ain’t Really the End), a volunteer organization formed in 1985 by a group of health care professionals that provides activities throughout the year for children in the Charlotte metro area who have or have had cancer.
Their biggest event is a free week-long camp at Lake Lure, N.C., which hosts more than 140 campers, giving them a chance to get away from the realities of living with cancer and a chance to share their thoughts with other children like themselves.
Camp C.A.R.E. is staffed by all volunteers, many of which are nurses, doctors and child life specialists from Charlotte area clinics and hospitals.
Many of the counselors were once patients themselves.
To help give back to an organization that has provided Martin with such positive experiences over the past year, he and his family have formed “Team Jackson” and are participating in a Camp C.A.R.E. Walk-a-thon this Saturday, Sept. 27, in Charlotte.
As Martin’s father, Mitch, is a native of Pulaski County and is a 1977 graduate of Pulaski County High School, he is hoping that members of the community where he grew up will help sponsor Martin in this weekend’s walk-a-thon, and help give back to an organization that has made life a little easier for his son.
Two other members of Martin’s family still reside in Pulaski County, including his grandmother, Dawn Farmer Martin, who is a life-long resident of Dublin, and his aunt, Pam Martin Bolt, who currently resides in Draper.
Those interested in sponsoring Martin in the walk-a-thon by making a donation may forward a check to: Team Jackson, 12730 McGinnis Lane, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Camp C.A.R.E. is a non-profit 501C(3) organization, which would not be possible without contributions and fund-raising efforts from its supporters.
To learn more about Martin, visit the web site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacksonmartin
For more information about the Camp C.A.R.E. walk-a-thon, visit www.campcare.org/pjwalk.htm
Jena Hardy may be contacted at jena@southwesttimes.com

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