Cedar Park teenager kicks off cancer foundation with Make-A-Wish gift

Wyatt Perez and Lance White getting ready to do the coin toss at Cedar Park High School vs. East View High football game
Wyatt Perez and Lance White getting ready to do the coin toss at Cedar Park High School vs. East View High football game

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — This month marks two years since a sophomore at Cedar Park High School received some rough news. Doctors diagnosed Lance White with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 14.

“It’s tough getting that thru your head once you hear it,” said White who has been undergoing treatment ever since.

During one of the most challenging times, the Make-A-Wish Foundation approached him and asked how they could make his dream come true. Other children often take a special trip or ask to meet someone famous.

“I started thinking, I want to meet all these people, but I can’t meet all these different people all at once so what if I just do something small to help the community,” said White.

He asked Make-A-Wish if he could forego the once-in-a-lifetime experience, and use the money they would’ve spent to help him launch a foundation to help other children and families going through cancer. It was a request they had never gotten before and told him it might not be possible.

After a year of navigating the process, Make-A-Wish made it happen by gifting him with a $5,000 grant and a foundation kick-off party. In May of 2016, White’s foundation, Lift Brigade, was born.

“I used this money in a different way because I like putting a smile on other people’s faces and seeing what brightens their spirit.”

He has a passion for gaming, and one of his main goals is to eventually create a network for cancer patients where they can compete against each other online. He has already been able to give a cart for a gaming console to a hospital to patients to use during their down time.

You can also find White on the sidelines at the Cedar Park High School football games. He is one of their biggest fans.

“They carried me on their shoulders throughout my whole stage of chemo and treatment,” said White. “It’s just been a blessing upon my life.”

During their Friday night game against Georgetown’s East View High School, White met a friend who goes to East View on the field before kickoff. Senior Wyatt Perez, 17, wrapped up a chemo treatment in Houston that morning and made the trip to Gupton Stadium to stand with White on the sideline.

“We’ve been there for each other understanding what we’re going through,” said Perez who has two rare brain tumors.

The two walked out on the field together with the officials to be part of the coin toss, as the announcer told the fans in the stadium September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Perez said it is hard for people to fully understand what they are going through, but being a part of the game and sharing their story helps. As the two teenagers stand on the middle of the field, side by side, they will continue being one of each other’s biggest cheerleaders.

“I’m blessed that he’s alive right no and he’s doing well and he’s getting better,” said White.

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