Meet My #CancerSTOPSwithme Heros!

Blood cancers pose a real threat to children. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer. It is estimated that more than 5,000 children and young adults under the age of 20 are diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma in the U.S. every year. Every 3 seconds someone on the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer!  These kids fought it.  Some of them are still fighting it.  We need to STOP that.  It’s 2019…The fight is real and the time is now!

Twice the Fight!

Twin sisters, Kendal and Kenedi, were born premature at 33 weeks. Shortly after leaving the NICU, both girls were given the devastating diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Both girls went intoremission until February of 2017, when Kendal relapsed. In September 2017, Kendal lost her battle with AML. Kenedi is doing great, and is a happy, go-lucky 3-year-old, however, her fight is not over. Kenedi will have to worry about the lifelong impact of pediatric cancer treatment for AML. She will have to go through yearly checkups because the treatments should receive could cause heart failure at any time.

Jake

On Friday, November 2, the Rodriguez’s lives forever changed. Initially, Jake was having issues with belabored breathing, which has quickly led them to a diagnosis of a form of blood cancer, which specific blood cancer is yet to be determined. As a bit of a back story, Jake has a twin brother Ben. Jake and Ben’s mom Erika passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia(AML) when the boys were 3 years old. Sam, their dad, married Katie in April of 2016 and they had Cole in February of 2017. Jake and Ben have spent their entire short lives honoring their mom and keeping her memory alive, their goal has always been to raise enough money so that no other child has to lose their mom to blood cancer. In 2017, they were honored as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s(LLS) 2017 Boys of the Year. As you can imagine, never in their wildest dreams did any of the family or friends think they would be down this road again.

Coley Bear

When I ran for MWOY in 2014 Cole was the “Boy of the Year”. At that time in 2014, Cole was in the middle of treatment. This May will mark three years since the end of Cole’s treatment! He too is a happy cancer survivor!

Avery

When I ran for MWOY in 2014 Avery was the “Girl of the Year”. When I first met Avery in 2014, she had just finished treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. One year after finishing her battle Avery relapsed. I’m happy to say that Avery beat her battle twice and is now a fun and energetic 10-year old who is laughing and living as a blood cancer survivor!

The fight is real. The fight is here.
The time is now! Please join the fight to STOP blood cancer!

#cancerstopswithme