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Parent's Dedicate Themselves To Helping Children With Illnesses

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The Jadyn Fred Foundation provides financial support to families of children who are battling diseases. Jadyn Fred would be 19-years-old next week. She died of a rare form of cancer in 2001. Ever since, her parents have been dedicated to using their experiences to help other families with children who have medical problems.

In March of 2001, Britt and Alecia Fred went through every parents' worst nightmare, their daughter 6-year-old Jadyn Fred died after a three year battle with a very rare form of cancer.

"It puts it into perspective, the things that are important, what you want versus what you need," said her father, Britt Fred.

Jadyn's cancer was so rare she required specialized treatment from a team of doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital. Over her three-year fight, the Fred's say they discovered a world they didn't know existed.

"We really felt like we had an obligation to use what we had been through to help others," said Britt.

Several months after Jadyn's death the non-profit, the Jadyn Fred Foundation formed to provide financial support to the families of children battling illnesses.

"It's really important to help kids that went through what Jadyn went through," said Jadyn's mother Alecia. "They have a lot of struggles with day to day living and medical expenses."

As of today, the Fred's have helped hundreds of Montana children get quality medical care in-and-out of the state.

"They helped us out financially, and they were there for support, which was great," said JJ Schermerhorn who got help form the Freds for his son.

About 3-years-ago Michael Schermerhorn was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, a form of kidney cancer. Years of treatment and surgeries took the Schermerhorns on a financial and emotional whirlwind.

"You do whatever it takes to get through, and get by, to help out a little kid, whether it's your son or not," said Schermerhorn.

Michael has recovered with several more years of check ups.

"You realize you can't do it without help, some comes from friends and family, but the Jadyn Fred Foundation, they really helped, they made us get through," said Schermerhorn.

The Fred's said they will continue to help children and their families as a way of keeping their daughter's memory alive.

"It's very humbling for us to meet families who go through as much, or more than we did," said Britt.

The foundation's annual fundraiser, the Jadyn Fred Memorial Golf Scramble kicks off Thursday, July 18 with a social, and continues Friday with a golf tournament.

For information on how you can help just head to the Jadyn Fred Foundation.

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