Children's Cancer FUnd

From left, former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, honorary chairmen of the Children's Cancer Fund Gala in Dallas, are seen with Sawyer Rucker, a 5-year-old boy from Tyler who is taking part in the event, and Sawyer's father, Joshua Rucker. (Courtesy) 

A 5-year-old Tyler boy who has survived cancer will take part in a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Fund.

Sawyer Rucker, the son of Joshua and Heather Rucker, will be one of the youth models in the Children Cancer Fund Gala's "An Evening in the Garden" set for April 26 at Hilton Anatole Dallas. 

“Sawyer was diagnosed as a baby, so hospital life and chemo is all he’s ever known,” said Heather Rucker, in a news release from the event's promoters. “He has crushed all the negative expectations of the doctors and has overcome dozens of spinal taps, blood transfusions, surgeries, shots, and long-term hospitalizations.”

Sawyer is happy to share his feelings about beating cancer.

“I’m Sawyer the Warrior! I have no more cancer because Jesus healed me!” he said.

Sawyer is one of eight siblings He said when he grows up grows up, he wants to be a firefighter. 

During the gala, Sawyer will be one of celebrities and sponsors as runway escorts for 25 featured pediatric cancer patients, ages 4 to 16, who will model fashions by Dillard’s. The children will be accompanied on stage by celebrities. 

“I’m excited to be a fashion model in the show because I think it would be cool,” Sawyer said in the news release.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, dinner, a program and dancing. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman are serving as the events honorary chairmen.

Organizers hope the gala will raise more than $1 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Health and UT Southwestern.

Gala tickets are $300 and can be purchased by calling Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or going to

Children’s Cancer Fund was founded 36 years ago by parents whose children were receiving cancer therapy at Children’s Medical Center. It supports research for treatment and prevention of childhood cancers.

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