12-Year-Old Makes Slime to Raise Money for Kidney Cancer Research

October 26, 2017
slime with cancer ribbon

Borax powder, water and glue: The newest concoction to help fight cancer.

Slime has recently become the biggest thing next to fidget spinners and the Trolls movie. Catherine Porter’s 12-year-old daughter mixed passion with purpose as she turned her love of creating slime into a business and fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community.

“Slime is a THING,” Porter wrote in a blog post announcing the business, “and a popular one at that. This this has been all over her room, her clothes, her rug, her desk, my hair, the dog’s and everyone else.”

She had originally considered banning the substance altogether, but when Porter was diagnosed two months ago with Non-invasive Papillary Urothelial Carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer, she wanted her daughter to have something to do while she got treatment and recovered from surgery.

Kidneys are responsible for sorting the body’s waste and making urine. Kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in men and women, and is most commonly found in adults over the age of 40. Porter has a family history of cancer, both her parents being survivors, but she stayed positive.

“Me?” she wrote, “I just joined the club, but I’m lucky. I’m getting off easy. All I have to do is lose a kidney.”

Porter was originally diagnosed with bladder cancer that moved into her kidney. So, on September 11, 2017, Porter had her left kidney removed (affectionately named “Kiki”), but she trusts her remaining right kidney, Dexter, to pick up the slack.

Meanwhile, her daughter had created a business called Honeyduke’s Slime Shop, where Harry Potter themed slime is sold on her Etsy shop. After her mother’s successful surgery, she debuted a new product: Mom’s Slime.

This gold slime comes with a gold kidney cancer charm. It is sold in 4oz and 8oz jars, and it makes her mother immensely proud. All proceeds from this product go directly to the Cancer Support Community to provide free information and services to all people affected by cancer.

“Thank you for reading, for supporting and for helping those impacted by cancer, which is, well, pretty much all of us.” Porter wrote.