2005-09-09 / Front Page

Zig the Pig visits Satchel Ford Elementary

By Tammie Maddock

Zig the Pig visits Satchel Ford Elementary School.
Zig the Pig visits Satchel Ford Elementary School.

Zig the Pig continues to bring hope and understanding to SC children and families affected by pediatric cancer. Recently, the striped ambassador from Children’s Chance teamed up with faculty, students, and staff members of Satchel Ford Elementary to help Zack Childs, a fourth grade student at the school.

Just before the school year began, Zack’s family found out his stomach pain was actually the result of a cancerous mass in his abdomen. Zack’s family, friends, and community immediately reached out to help the brave young man confront the disease.

Satchel Ford has worked in concert with Children’s Chance, the non–profit organization dedicated to helping children and families deal with pediatric cancer, and several area businesses to provide support to the Childs family.

Zig the Pig has made numerous visits to the school to help Zack’s friends better understand his situation and help them learn how to help Zack. Zig has also helped with fundraisers, which will provide financial assistance to the family for non–medical expenses not covered by insurance associated with fighting cancer.

Students have raised money through Zig piggy banks, a Zig store (which sold Zig bracelets, wristbands, stickers, and pencils), and a flip flop day during which each child who contributed a quarter could break the dress code and wear flip flops to school.

Area businesses have also rallied around Zack and his family. The Other Store is donating all proceeds from its special $5 Zack Sandwich to the cause. Hooligans is giving free cones to children who feed their Zig the Pig bank, and Piggly Wiggly on Forest Drive is donating proceeds from a special family dinner deal to help.

The Childs family has been overwhelmed and is deeply grateful for the support they have received in the wake of Zack’s diagnosis. Zack is responding to treatment, and they are waiting for the mass to shrink some more before an operation can be performed. In the meantime, they continue to help their nine–year–old combat his disease.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Children’s Chance or in helping Zack’s family and the others throughout the state going through similar situations may contact the organization by calling 803-254-5996 or logging onto www.childrenschance.org.

Photo by Amanda Taylor

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