Meet Cadence. She is my 7-year-old niece, the strongest person I know, and my hero.
In March of 2018, my now-7-year-old niece Cadence suddenly began developing an array of medical symptoms – back pain, fevers, and leg pain that came and went day by day. Abnormal blood counts sent her to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she and her parents were met with the most terrifying reality – Leukemia. On March 28th, Cadence was diagnosed with AML, a form of Leukemia which is rarely diagnosed in children. She immediately began undergoing in-patient chemotherapy along with additional treatments and procedures aimed at stabilizing her and developing an effective treatment plan. She has undergone 3 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy, one failed stem cell transplant donated by her father, and one seemingly successful transplant from an anonymous donor. She has spent Easter, her 7th birthday, Mother's Day, her mom's birthday, Father's day, and Halloween in the hospital. She will miss her entire year of school (second grade). Cadence's fight against Leukemia isn't over yet, but it's clear that she has been KICKING BUTT. NO person, but ESPECIALLY no child, should need to undergo what I've seen my niece battle this year. Cadence is the bravest, strongest, most resilient, and most positive person I have ever met. I am PROUD to be climbing for the second year in a row in honor of my hero. Any contributions to my own fundraising page or to one of my team member's pages is much appreciated.
Training starts now!
Cadence, I can't wait to make it to the top of FMC for the second year in a row!
I love you, my HERO!
Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.
LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.
And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
We really are changing the face of blood cancer!
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On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!
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