Two families raise awareness for pediatric cancer after losing their sons

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Two Abilene families are working to keep their sons memories alive after losing them to different forms of cancer.

The Fleming family and Wade family are hoping to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. They're two families with two strikingly similar stories.

"Rex was 8 years old when we found out he had cancer," Rexs' dad, Lance Fleming says. "He fought it for 2 years and passed away November 25, 2012."

"Hudson was a fifth grader in the fall of 2015," Kirk Wade, Hudson Wades' father says. "He was diagnosed with Leukemia in September and he died February 4, 2016."

Both Rex and Hudson loved sports and video games and were inspirations to their parents throughout their fight.

"The day we told him that he wasn't going to live," Fleming says. "He just kind of hopped off of his bed and told both of us to suck it up and he went outside and played basketball with his friends. That was just kind of the way he was."

After losing their sons, these parents had the same fear.

"I think your biggest fear as a parent is that people will forget about your child," Wade says.

For Lance Fleming, the P4X Foundation keeps his sons memory alive, along with a room at Hendrick Hospice Care.

"In this room, the Rex Fleming Teen Room," he says. "There's video games, there's TVs, there's all the stuff that Rex loved."

For Laura & Kirk Wade, Hudson's memory is kept alive through the Hudson Wade 5K. The proceeds from the 5K go to the P4X Foundation.

Two stories. Two families. Brought together, now supporting one another.

"They never really knew Rex. We never really knew Hudson," Lance says. "But, there's a kinship or bond as parents when you go through something like this."

Last year, the HW5K raised $5,000 for the P4X Foundation.

This years 5K is scheduled to begin at 9 am on Saturday, December 2nd at the Hardin Administration building on the campus of ACU.

Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt.

To learn more about the P4X Foundation, click here.

To register for the Hudson Wade 5K, click here.


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