HOUSTON, Texas - Kids receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center know very well what it means to put up a good fight.
"They've been giving me shots on my arm once a month, right here," said Nicholas Hernandez. "It kind of hurt me."
But since they're already on the road to recovery, why not get on the big trucks? A team of Monster Jam drivers came to the hospital to share fun moments and to help the little ones create Beads of Courage necklaces.
"The Beads of Courage Program is designed to help children dealing with serious illnesses," explained Candice Jolly, driver of Monster Mutt Dalmatian. "I've met a lot of children across the United States. That's why I have ropes and ropes of beads." And then she added, When we're driving our Monster Jam trucks we have fears that we have to overcome, so it's nice that we get to pass on our beads to them."
Nine-year-old Madison Major has been through blood and platelet transfusions, chemo, biopsies and radiation. "She's been doing Beads of Courage since she was diagnosed four years ago in Washington, D.C.," said Madison's mother, Robin. "Every milestone in Madi's treatment is documented by a bead on a string."
Candice Jolly, Adam Anderson and Scott Buetow took pictures with the kids, laughed with them, signed autographs and made lots and lots of necklaces. The beads of strength, courage, confidence and hope can help these warriors crush their fears and conquer the future.
"I really wanna play football, but not really Monster Jam," expressed Nicholas. "Well, I would consider doing it, but not every day."