Meet Intern Team Purple Cancer Eaters
Hello! We are the Purple Cancer Eaters. Our team name was inspired by not only the 1958 song, “Purple People Eater,” but we also found our purple monster logo represents the youth and bravery of those fighting rare pediatric cancer. Together, we are a group of 10 women who make up a family. While we are a family, it is certainly not in the traditional sense of being related, rather, we are the type of family that comes together for one purpose. We each bring our own experiences, stories, and personalities to the table, transforming our team into a fun-loving, laughing group of women that truly care about making a difference. We are a family that supports and wants to help those families in not only our community, but also beyond, who are battling rare pediatric cancer. Even though we are all in different stages of our lives, we are brought together with a common calling to serve.
Ashton Barlow, rising junior at College of Charleston (Lead Intern)
WHY: While I’ve always been involved in serving my community throughout high school and college, Isabella’s three wishes truly inspired me to take action through this internship to help a cause that is so overlooked. I would love every child to be able to experience all the great aspects and adventures that life has to offer. Through this internship, I cannot wait to make a difference in not only my community, but also beyond, through collaborating and working with my team, the Purple Cancer Eaters.
Abby Carpenter, rising junior at Clemson University
WHY: Through my time being involved with Clemson Miracle, other service endeavors, as well as through nursing school, I have found a passion for helping children who do not have the same opportunities as other kids because of their health. My hope is that eventually every sick child gets the same opportunities to smile, dance, and live life to the fullest as a regular kid would. The opportunity to work with ISF was one that instantly sparked my interest. Isabella’s story is inspiring and I hope to be able to help other children like her. I cannot wait to make a difference in the community through my work with the Purple Cancer Eaters
Caroline Knight, rising sophomore at College of Charleston
WHY: I’ve always loved volunteering with different charities and helping kids. I spent a lot of time volunteering throughout high school and wanted to have to work with a non-profit organization while in college. I’m majoring in communications with a minor in marketing and hope to work with a non-profit when I graduate! I’m so excited to help make a difference and work with this team.
Darien Pisacano, rising junior at Carmel Christian High School
WHY: I have always had a passion for working with children. I aspire to be a pediatric nurse when I grow up because I have also had a passion for medicine. I spend a lot of my time volunteering at the Domestic Violence Shelter and working with the kids. I feel this is a great opportunity to educate myself on the prevalence of cancer, as well as, work towards a difference towards pediatric cancer.
Kate Ison, rising junior at Ardrey Kell High School
WHY: I have always run the Isabella Santos Race and I have always been a big supporter of this foundation. I have been friends with the Santos family since before Isabella’s diagnosis and I have followed her story ever since. I’ve always wanted to get involved in this organization and I saw this as a great chance to get involved. I love helping others and I’m hoping this will be a great opportunity for that and I am glad to be a member of this team and work towards an amazing cause.
Lexie Hall, rising senior at Charlotte Catholic High School
WHY: I have been following Erin and Isabellas story for a long time now. I have learned from Erin that action is more valuable than awareness so I want to do everything I can to help put an end to this horrible disease. When I saw this amazing opportunity I was so excited to make a difference and be a part of this team.
Lily Urban, rising junior at College of Charleston
WHY: I have always loved being involved in service throughout my life, and this is an amazing opportunity to continue to be involved in the community and help others during this time. I hope that one day there will be an end to this disease for all. My grandmother has been impacted by breast cancer, so this cause is close to my heart. I am so excited to make a difference with my team, the Purple Cancer Eaters!
Taylor Knapp, rising sophomore at Brown University
WHY: While I may be studying physics, my heart has always been oriented on bettering my community and leaving an impact on those around me. My family has been involved with the Isabella Santos Foundation since it’s beginning with Isabella’s story and the first 5k. I want to be a part of raising money to fund research to understand and develop a sustainable solution to the various pediatric cancers out there, travesties that affect the generation who will shape our community’s future.
Zoe Callis, rising junior at Ardrey Kell High School
WHY: I have always had a passion for helping out in my community and have always been interested in working in the medical field when I grow up to further help people. I volunteer at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center usually but due to COVID it was not able to happen this year. With this internship, it is an amazing way to work with others in the community while raising money for an amazing cause.
Zoe Claytor, rising freshman at UNC Chapel Hill
WHY: I have always loved working with children through service, making people smile, and impacting the community around me, and I have had several family members and friends impacted by cancer. I have always been interested in trying to help cancer patients and families impacted by this terrible disease, and I was so happy to have the opportunity to work with ISF and raise money and awareness to stop childhood cancer.
Now that you’ve gotten to know us and gain a little insight into our team’s efforts, follow our journey via our Instagram page @purplecancereaters.isf and join our FIGHT against rare pediatric cancer! We are so excited to make a difference in our community no matter where we are, as EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE can join in! Join our team today to start making a difference in your community and beyond. We won’t stop. We can’t stop. Join us TODAY!