Mayor accepts Central Fla. 5-year-old's challenge for childhood cancer

Joshua Chambers cancer-free, starts Be Brave Foundation

ORLANDO, Fla. – One Central Florida 5-year-old is brave and strong beyond his years.

Joshua Chambers beat cancer and Tuesday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made a special proclamation for Joshua.

Dyer also accepted a unique challenge from Joshua.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Dyer proclaimed Childhood Awareness Month in the city of Orlando in Joshua's honor.  

Joshua and his family started the Be Brave Foundation, which offers financial assistance to other families with children with pediatric cancer. 

And Joshua's response to Dyer's proclamation?

"I want to smash a pie in your face!" he said.

The pie-smashing is a part of the Whipping Childhood Cancer campaign. According to Joshua's dad, Jeremy, the idea is to record yourself getting pied in the face.

The group asks participants to donate $7 to any pediatric cancer charity, and tag seven of your friends, who are asked to complete the challenge within 46 hours of being nominated.

Chambers says the numbers seven and 46 are significant: Seven in the U.S. die each day from cancer. Forty-six kids daily are diagnosed with cancer.

"It's about the community of childhood cancer coming together to make sure this country hears us," Chambers said. "Forty-six kids a day is too much. Our kids matter."

Dyer accepted Joshua's challenge, and Chambers tells Local 6 the Orlando City Soccer players have also agreed to take a pie in the face.

To learn more about the challenge, visit www.whippingchildhoodcancer.com.

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