Alex Arrieta packed a lot of life and love into his ten short years on earth. While fighting his own battle with acute myeloid leukemia, he created Lambs for Life to help comfort other children undergoing cancer treatment.
The public and the community are encouraged to attend an event at noon today where a very special piece of art will be set in place to commemorate and pay tribute to childhood cancer victim, Alex Arrieta. The sculpture was created by his friends to honor Alex’s life, his vision and the impact he had on our community and world. The event will be led by Congressman Joe Cunningham while one of Alex’s friends will read a special letter written by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
The heartfelt soccer ball sculpture was created by May River High School’s welding class led by instructor Brad Childress. The students have been working on this heartfelt piece for over a year as a tribute to their special friend. The 5 ft, 500 lb. carbon steel sculpture along with 2 benches will be installed at the entrance of Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts for all to honor and enjoy.
‘Everyone can change the world!’ ~ Alex Arrieta, Age 10
In memory of Alex, Lambs for Life continues to deliver Lamby Packs to children suffering from cancer to make their hospital stay a little more comfortable. Lambs for Life was inspired by “Lamby”, his beloved stuffed lamb that had been with him since birth.
Lambs for Life is working with Congress and the White House to bring focus, funding, and solutions to childhood cancer. The organization has also embarked on a mission to create a separate classification for childhood cancers. Currently, childhood cancer is a subset of adult cancer with little funding for the treatment of cancers that are virtually exclusive to children.
Photos courtesy of Lambs for Life website & facebook page.