Cancer Freeze ‘18 to benefit 3 kids

Published 1:02 am Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three of the six people who will benefit from the 12th annual Cancer Freeze are children.

“This is the most children we’ve ever had in one Cancer Freeze,” Jennifer Davidson, co-founder of Cancer Freeze, said.

Cancer Freeze began as a one-day fundraiser on Lake Jackson, but has grown to include other fundraising that culminates with that traditional one-day event each February. Organizers choose individuals who are fighting cancer to benefit from the fundraising.

Isyss Couch, Abigail Bowen and Jackson Conway, all diagnosed with childhood cancers, are three of the six recipients.

Couch, who is 10 and lives in Andalusia, has Diffuse Intrusive Potine Giloma.

Couch noticed an abnormal weakness on the left side of her body while playing basketball. Couch thought nothing of it, but as time passed her balance was off and she developed double vision as well as slurred speech.

What seemed normal, took a turn for the worse, Couch’s condition is a rare brain tumor.

She spent most of her fourth grade year being treated at The Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Jackson Conway, 14, is from Evergreen and attends Sparta Academy. He discovered his condition when a painful bump formed inside of his mouth on the bottom right of his jaw. Conway was taken to the local ER.

Doctors initially thought it was a cyst or abscessed tooth, but after a biopsy, Conway was sent to UAB’s Kirklin Clinic.

Conway has metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma.

He was enrolled and accepted into a clinical trial at MD Anderson in Houston.

Since then, Conway has completed six rounds of chemo, and on Nov. 10, he had the tumor removed from his jaw.

He is to complete four more months of intensive chemotherapy, as well as treatment with the clinical trial chemotherapy drug.

Abigail Bowen is the third child recipient.

Bowen is a 14-month-old from Luverne.

Bowen’s family discovered her condition when she was only eight months old.

Bowen started to get sick after a cut on her finger that got infected, so her family took her to the doctor.

The next day, her family took her back to the doctor.

Bowen’s condition worsened, so the doctor began doing blood work.

The family spent five days in the hospital, then transferred to The Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

A bone marrow biopsy was done, and Bowen’s results indicated that she had Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Pre B.

Bowen receives chemotherapy every day at home, and has a minimum of two years for a treatment plan.

Other recipients this year are Amy Kay Joyner, Tammy Prescott, and Jake Taylor.

For the past three years, the event has raised $50,000, and Davidson has high hopes for 2018.

“I am absolutely excited,” Davidson said.

Cancer Freeze raises money through its various events such as the pancake breakfast, fishing tournament, car show, chili cook-off, live auction, raffle ticket sales, and the Cancer Freeze 5K Run/Walk.

“All the events take place in the day, and after all expenses are paid towards the event, we evenly divide up the money and give to each recipient,” Davidson said, “No money is kept by anyone but the recipients,” she said.

This year, “The Voice” contestant, Charity Bowden, will return for a second year to sing the National Anthem.

Cancer Freeze 2018 will be held on Feb. 3, starting at 7 a.m.

For more information on event scheduling, go to the event’s Facebook page: or go to