Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2018/2019 - Page 15

After rounds of chemotherapy, the doctors told him that his cancer was in remission. However, five weeks into the football season, the coach noticed a lump on his side and checked into the emergency room. Through a CT scan, doctors found a two-inch cancer mass. His mother added that no one can imagine the burden placed on someone who is diagnosed with breast cancer, so giving encouragement and helping out through initiatives like Colors for Caring can truly mean a lot. SUPPORTING THE MANY Maberry started a more aggressive cancer treatment to ensure that all the cancer cells die. The husband and father of two explained that he has good days and bad days. On those harder days, he said he finds strength through his faith and the community support he receives through the Colors for Caring initiative. “Seeing the community pep rallies, seeing the kids here and how they’ve responded—the green outs, the video that they made for me— was unbelievable,” he expressed as he fought back tears. “I’ve cried so many tears through this entire time, and it’s not for sadness. It’s for extreme joy of what these people have done for me.” Peña encourages her children to take part in Colors for Caring every month. On the day after Christmas, Maberry received good news that his cancer has reduced by 90 percent. He will continue a few more rounds of chemotherapy then undergo a PET scan to see if he is in complete remission. If he is, he will have a stem cell transplant. T imberview High School teacher Kimberly Peña said that she unfortunately has many reasons to participate in the Colors for Caring initiative, but she is happy to do so. SUPPORTING THE ONE Peña’s cousin died at the age of 12 from stomach cancer, and her sister-in-law died from breast cancer years ago. Currently, her aunt has liver cancer, her uncle has prostate cancer, a close friend has carcinoid cancer, and a church member has thyroid cancer. On MISD’s Colors for Caring days, Peña often posts a picture using the #ColorsforCaring hashtag to let people know who she is supporting. Aidyn Mitchell (right) wears his cancer support shirt for his best friend’s mom. “I try to do a different color every month,” she said. “Most of the time when I post about my support, they comment or text a thank you. They’re very appreciative, even if it’s just to put a smile on their face for that day in the midst of their struggles.” T he Mitchells realized how powerful a kind gesture can be after they found out a close family friend had breast cancer. Cora Spencer Elementary School student Aidyn Mitchell and his mom made support shirts for Heather Harper, a former volunteer at the school. They also accepted gift cards for Harper in lieu of gifts at his little sister’s birthday party. The avid Colors for Caring supporter said rallying around others who are going through a difficult time is important to her, and she encourages the entire community to do the same. “It’s not all about getting,” said the 9-year-old. “Giving makes you feel better than getting. It made me feel good to know that I was helping her in some way.” The remaining MISD Colors for Caring days are Jan. 14, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6. 12 M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG