Georgia teen goes to hospital for stomach pain, finds out she has rare cancer

Georgia teen goes to hospital for stomach pain, finds out she has rare cancer
The Rome community is coming together to support Jewell Sweat and her mother June Dingler as the 16-year-old battles cancer. Photos provided by family

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. — A 16-year-old girl in Rome is in the toughest fight of her life and her community is right behind her, ready to cheer her on.

Jewell Sweat is a junior at Model High School and participates in cheerleading at her school and Hot Shots Cheerleading Gym’s All-Star squad.

According to her mother June Dingler, the teen went to Floyd Medical Center when she felt stomach pains on Feb. 9. The hospital sent Sweat to a children’s hospital in Chattanooga for more extensive tests.

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That’s when Sweat received the heartbreaking news. Doctors diagnosed the 16-year-old with Stage 3-4 carcinoma of the stomach, which they said is rare in children.

Sweat is set to begin her chemotherapy Wednesday.

We’ve always been Team Jewell💙 And now are all #4Jewell ~I’m sorry I haven’t updated or been able to get back with...

Posted by June Dingler on Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Fighting cancer is something that no one should have to go through alone. The cheer community and a local nonprofit are making sure Sweat and her family won’t have to.

Mission IS Possible stepped in to help. The local nonprofit organization, run by Grant and Rachel Magness who own Hot Shots, set up a “#4Jewell” fundraiser to help the family.

“We cannot fight the cancer for Jewell, but we can make sure we do all in our power to relieve as much stress as possible so Jewell is best prepared to win this battle," the couple said.

The initial goal was set at $15,000. But the donations have blown past that.

“Between June’s Facebook campaign and direct donations to the #4Jewell page on our website, www.missionispossible.net, it looks like we are at roughly $44,265 in donations to date,” Grant Magness told Channel 2. “That’s less than $800 shy of tripling our original goal of $15,000 in only four days.”

Jewell’s family warned against fake fundraisers that have been going around. Here are the ways you can donate

  • Official Facebook fundraiser below
  • An online account on Mission ISPossible’s website
  • Donation by check to Mission IsPossible Foundation, Inc. 901 N. Broad St. Suite 100 Rome, Ga 30161. Include #4Jewell in the memo line

Update on the #4Jewell Campaign. As of 9:45 pm, donations received between June’s Facebook MIP fundraiser and the MIP...

Posted by Mission ISPossible Foundation on Tuesday, February 18, 2020