Cheerleaders support the Race Against Cancer

Cheerleaders support the Buddy's Race Against Cancer in Knoxville

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"It just feels really good to have friends that support my mom and everything. It's really sweet of all them to do that," Farragut Middle School cheerleader Ashton Idles said. "It just feels really good to have friends that support my mom and everything. It's really sweet of all them to do that," Farragut Middle School cheerleader Ashton Idles said.
Several students from Farragut Middle School cheered on runners at Sunday's Buddy's Race Against Cancer. Several students from Farragut Middle School cheered on runners at Sunday's Buddy's Race Against Cancer.
6,000 runners and walkers took part in the 20th annual Buddy's BBQ Race Against Cancer in downtown Knoxville Sunday. 6,000 runners and walkers took part in the 20th annual Buddy's BBQ Race Against Cancer in downtown Knoxville Sunday.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A local cheerleading squad is supporting the fight against cancer.

On Sunday, the Farragut Middle School cheerleaders took part in the 20th annual Buddy's Barbeque Race Against Cancer.

Among the 6,000 people they cheered on, the girls were also supporting a teammate's mother who is battling cancer.

13-year-old Ashton Idles loves cheering at Farragut Middle School, but Sunday, she cheered for more than a game.

"It just feels really good to have friends that support my mom and everything. It's really sweet of all them to do that," Idles said.

"These girls raised over $500 for cancer research for Team Labrisca, which is Ashton's mom," Kim Deakins, a parent of a cheerleader, said.

Ashton's mom is being treated for complications from breast cancer, so she couldn't be there Sunday, but the girls were determined to cheer as if she were.

"She just really tries and fights all the time. It's really hard for her," Idles said.

"This cause is clearly close to a lot of our hearts. There's not many people that are not affected by cancer," Deakins said. "We need to serve. We need to get outside of ourselves and think about other people."

A lymphoma cancer survivor herself, Deakins said she supports the Buddy's Race because it's about fighting all types of cancer in East Tennessee.

"They do a great job celebrating people who have been through a tough time, or hopefully lifting up people that are going through it. It's just a very supportive race," Deakins said.

Organizers estimate about $500,000 was raised. All proceeds benefit the Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

 

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