Treshon Powell, 7, of Stockbridge, was diagnosed with liver cancer, in March. On Saturday, he will participate in a Soap Box Derby at Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln, in Morrow.
By Jason A. Smith
Area children are invited to rev up engines for a good time this weekend in the Southern Crescent.
Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln, at 6790 Mount Zion Blvd., in Morrow, will host a Soap Box Derby, Saturday at 12 noon. The event is geared, in part, toward helping children with cancer, according to Melissa Bennett, a spokesperson for CURE Childhood Cancer.
"A portion of the event will be designed for the new division of the Dunwoody Soap Box Derby, the Super Kid's Division," Bennett said. "Children from CURE Childhood Cancer will be among this division. Part of CURE's focus in the event is to help kids have fun, but it's not the main focus of the event. It's an event for the community," she said. "There are tons of kids with special needs who will be there."
The Dunwoody Kiwanis Club, Bennett said, will provide regulation soap box cars, experienced drivers, and technical experts for the event.
One of the children who will participate in the derby is Treshon Powell, of Stockbridge. He was diagnosed with hepatocellular liver carcinoma, March 15. Bennett said the derby represents an opportunity for Treshon, as well as his twin brother, Trevohn, and parents, Stanley Powell and Leslie Brown-Powell, "to enjoy a day out, without needles and doctors."
Leslie Brown-Powell, 44, of Stockbridge, described seven-year-old Treshon's cancer as "rare," as it affects only three children out of 1,000 in the U.S.
"He's been in a hospital for the most part of July," she said.
The mother, who is studying cardiovascular radiology at Sanford-Brown College, in Dunwoody, said she had to take a leave of absence from school when she learned of Treshon's illness. The family traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, earlier this year, so Treshon could receive a liver transplant on Mother's Day.
Brown-Powell appreciates what CURE Childhood Cancer is doing for her son, and others, by contributing to the Soap Box Derby.
"They're trying to get the word out about the cancers that are striking kids," she said. "This is huge. I have been looking for a way to get his story out, for him and other kids like him."
For more information, call (877) 752-9953.