One Boy’s Fight Against Cancer, Reaches for Miles

by Danielle Cotterman on June 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

It’s a story that goes to show that even miles away, people can make a difference in someone’s life.

A local family learned their 8-year-old son had been diagnosed with Pediatric Cancer. As the reality of their son’s diagnosis set-in, his mother Cindy Bish, turned to an online blog as her means of coping. That’s when it caught the attention of a former classmate of her husband, who began following the family’s story and struggles.

"It was very sad when he passed away, and yeah, we hadn’t seen him, I hadn’t seen Mike in a long time but just followed his story and his families story," said Former Classmate, Allison Blagg. "It really touched my heart and made me want to help."

Along with others from the 1991 graduating class of John Glenn High School, Blagg organized a golf outing and silent auction as part of their class reunion to support the Bish’s goal of spreading awareness.

"Our family has had thousands and thousands of people praying for us, still can pray for us and the support the foundation in our sons memory," said the Bish’s. "So it’s been amazing. "

Experts say every day 46 kids will be diagnosed with some type of cancer. Their families are often forced to quit their jobs to care for their children. The Sam Bish foundation raises money to help support these families.

To make a donation or to read more about their story, you can visit the Sam Bish Foundation on Facebook or follow the blog at