Pay it Forward: From Chemo to Crown holding carnival to raise money to fight cancer

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Pay it Forward: From Chemo to Crown holding carnival to raise money to fight cancer (Photo provided by the Everill family)

(KUTV) - From Chemo to Crown aims to help kids who are battling cancer and other illnesses.

The foundation was started by Ciearra Everill and her family.

"I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 12," Everill said.

She endured five rounds of chemotherapy and then was finally in remission.

But Everill wanted to give back to the people who had helped her during her cancer fight.

"I started doing as much charity work as I could," she said.

Everill also started competing in pageants, eventually winning the Miss Utah crown.

"Other kids need to know this, too, that whatever they're dealing with, whatever they're going through, it's not going to stop them from doing what they want to do," she said.

She and her family came up with the idea to start From Chemo to Crown to "give back to the charities that gave to us and helped us through our struggle,"

Every year, they hold an Operation Pay it Forward event to raise money for a group that helps kids with cancer.

"It's a carnival-themed event aimed towards kids," Everill said.

There will be carnival games, a car show, food, a raffle, and auction items.

This year, the money is going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"People changed my life, so now it's my turn to change theirs," Everill said.

Eventually, Everill hopes From Chemo to Crown can get into hospitals and work one-on-one with kids.

Everill hopes to raise $10,000 this year--double what she raised at least year's carnival.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to From Chemo to Crown to help their efforts.

The Operation Pay it Forward Carnival will be held on June 9th at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple from 10am-4pm.

Admission is $5 and kids 3 and under are free.

They are still looking for more cars to appear in the car show.

For more information, visit the From Chemo to Crown Facebook page or email them at