Children who care for ill father get college fund


Dec. 29, 2010 at 6:29 a.m.

Two children whose father faces a terminal illness will now have help paying for college.

Tanner Fox, 16, and his sister, Bailey, 12, have helped care for their father, Craig Fox, who has a motor neuron disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The Advocate is featuring the Fox family in an ongoing series and in a recent documentary, "Breadth of Hope."

Several owners of the Victoria Advocate organized a college fund for the children after watching the documentary that details how families cope with ALS.

"They're just such a neat family. They have such a good attitude. It makes you appreciate all that you have," said Camille Easton, who helped organize the account.

Tanner, a sophomore at East High School, plans to study psychology at the University of Texas or University of Houston.

Bailey, a sixth-grader at Howell Middle School, hopes to study architecture at Texas A&M University.

"It's important because I really don't want to be flipping burgers for the rest of my life," Tanner said. "And I know I want to become a psychologist, and that requires a degree. So it's really important to me."

The Fox family was thankful for the gesture, but Tanner said he hopes it, along with the documentary, will serve to create awareness about his father's disease.

"I want the word of the disease to get out. If this is what it takes for it to get out," he said, he appreciates the attention.



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