Kids with cancer get star treatment ahead of documentary premiere

Kids with cancer get star treatment ahead of documentary premiere
WATCH ABOVE: Kids with cancer treated like celebrities thanks to a new documentary about hope. Heather Yourex-West reports.

CALGARY – 11 year old, Jack Godefroy is a natural in front of the camera.  The first time model never imagined he’d ever be part of a publicity campaign.  Then again, he never imagined he’d ever face cancer either.

“We went to the doctor because my back was hurting a lot.  They found I had leukemia.”

Since then, Godefroy’s life has been filled with hospital visits and chemotherapy appointments so a shopping spree and a photo shoot is a welcome change. His photo, along with the photos of seven other children touched by cancer, will be used to promote an upcoming screening of a locally produced documentary.  “Little Golden Stars,”produced by Calgary cancer charity, Believe in the Gold, follows the journey of several families as they deal with their child’s cancer diagnosis.  It also looks  at the future of pediatric cancer research.

“We’ve been supporting a different kind of pediatric cancer research that’s happening right here in Calgary,” said Shonalie Stadnyk, founder of Believe in the Gold.  “It’s immuno-therapy research that helps stimulate your own immune system to fight the cancer.”

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The film will be screened at a fundraising gala at Flames Central on Feb. 27.  As part of the event, dozens of  pediatric cancer patients and survivors have been invited to walk a gold carpet before the event.

“We wanted to make sure that children came out and felt like stars and had the opportunity to have a day that they felt really special.”

There are still tickets available for the event.  For more information visit: