Teen rides in Rose Parade to raise awareness of childhood cancer
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local cancer survivor is getting quite the honor on Wednesday!
Mary Perkins is headed to Pasadena, California for the 129th Rose Parade. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago and since then has had multiple surgeries to survive.
At a news conference on Wednesday at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, the team from Northwestern Mutual who are sponsoring the Rose Bowl Game, and her trip, unveiled her float in the parade.
She'll be riding in one of the rowboats as a long-time cancer survivor.
The float is called “Letting Kids Be Kids” and it's designed to help raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
“I am hoping to tell them [other kids with cancer] there may be dark times, but there are also bright times, I have recently have my 15th surgery on my leg, so I am doing really well right now,” said Mary.
The big announcement on Wednesday was that Mary got to invite her cancer doctor Dr. Trent Hummel to come along to the parade. Northwestern Mutual agreed to get him a ticket to go along with her.
Mary said a big “thank you” to the whole team that has helped save her life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.