Step Up. Stop Cancer. With Nick
There are more than 370 reasons to Step Up. Stop Cancer.
That’s how many patients get a new diagnosis of cancer every year at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. That doesn’t include those already fighting the disease – the nearly 100 patients who receive chemotherapy and other treatment in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH every single day.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as part of that, I'm running a 100 mile ultramarathon in honor of one of those patients, Kate. Last September, Kate experienced a sudden and crushing pain in her back pain wouldn’t let up. At first, she assumed it was related to training for a fierce dance competition she’d just prepared for, or maybe even caused by her mattress. But after a seemingly normal X-ray in the ER and six weeks of grueling physical therapy, the pain persisted. “My physical therapist said I was putting in more than 100 percent, but there was still no change,” Kate remembers. So she was referred for an MRI.
Please join me in supporting Kate, her family and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) to help kids & teens receive the very best, family-centered care in a place that feels like home.
WHERE YOUR DONATIONS GO
Less than 4% of federal funding is allocated to studying pediatric cancer, your contributions will help fund the over 112 open clinical trials in the CCBD available for patients with leukemias, lymphomas, solid tumors, brain tumors, multiple rare cancers like Kate's, and cancer-like disorders. Some of these trials provide the standard of care treatments for newly-diagnosed patients, giving them the best chance of cure from the moment they are diagnosed. Others give patients who have not responded to therapy or whose cancers have returned following standard therapy, the newest, most promising agents available.
In addition to cutting-edge medical care in a new space that's more comfortable for patients & families, your support will address the emotional and mental needs of both children and their families facing a new diagnosis and undergoing treatment with services like child life, activities and camp specifically for them without the stigma of not being "normal," pet therapy, an on-site school and academic re-entry programs to keep them on track and social work to help navigate the difficulties they face and provide potentially life-saving resources.
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