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Colors for Hope honors children battling cancer, helps families

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A Middle Tennessee community is coming together in honor of a 7-year-old boy who lost his fight with cancer as his friends have found a unique way to Pay It 4Ward.

Those who knew Clinton Milliken are rallying to honor him one year after he lost his fight with cancer.

Channel 4 News first shared Clinton's story when his dream of riding in a Nissan Cube and sports car became a reality, thanks to the folks at the Nissan plant in Smyrna.

"He wanted a Cube. He wanted us to buy a Cube, but then they pulled up in a red sports car and he said, 'I want to ride in the sports car,'" said his mother, Kim Milliken.

The ride would be one of this last, as he passed away about a month later.

"Losing Clinton was hardest thing ever, but helping other people takes away from my pain and helps me focus on others. And it gives him dying a purpose or a meaning," Kim Milliken said.

Now, the boy's mother is teaming up with people like Lori Hoyt as they work on a new campaign called Colors for Hope, with the goal of spreading awareness about childhood cancer through nail polish.

"Once we had one, we thought, 'why not tell as many kids' stories as we could?" Hoyt said.

And so they did. Each color of nail polish has a story about a child's personal fight.

"This is Savannah," Kim Milliken said, with a photo of the girl. "Her color is 'Savannah Smiles.' Unfortunately we have lost her as well. She was a beautiful, beautiful soul."

If possible, each child helps pick the color and name of the nail polish, and at $7 a bottle, all of the money raised goes back to help families dealing with a very difficult reality.

"I think he would be happy that not only am I continuing his legacy, but I'm helping other people and myself at the same time," Kim Milliken said.

If you would like more information on how you can help with the Colors of Hope campaign, visit

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