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Treating and curing cancer is a team effort. Patients, families, friends, doctors, nurses, hospital support staff and the community at large are among the critical members that impact our ability to beat this terrible disease. We've formed a team for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) called "Path to the Cure" that includes dedicated individuals for vairous sectors of the Boston health and well-being sectors.
We all are passionate about making a difference for Pediatric Oncology.
Riding for Pediatric Oncology
Why we Ride; Why we need You.
Meet our Pedal Partners: Emily & C.J.
In May of 2009, Emily, was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma. Emily is a spunky little girl with wonderful family, great friends and a top-notch clinical team who are all dedicated to helping her beat this disease. Emily's tenacity and her family's constant love, perseverance, and positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
CJ was diagnosed in March 2007 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Boston Children's Hospital. He remained extremely positive during his treatments and stays in the hospital, never complaining or even shredding a tear. CJ received care from an outstanding team of doctors and almost six years later he has had no relapses! His smile and upbeat attitude are extremely admirable.
Our team is riding for Emily and CJ, with the hope that someday, another little boy or girl won't have to go through what these children have. But, we need your help. Please contribute generously. All money we raise will go directly to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Dana Farber to help improve the odds for patients like Emily and CJ.
It's hard to believe we've been riding for seven years. It's even more amazing to think that 2016 could be the year that we hit the $1,000,000+ mark for our contributions to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Dana Farber.
Research does make a difference.
However, research takes money.
In the 1950's pediatric blood, bone marrow, and lymph node cancers were uniformly fatal. Using the then innovative concept of chemotherapy, a Children's Hospital Boston pediatric pathologist, Dr. Sidney Farber, was the first to induce a remission in a child with the blood/bone marrow cancer acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Since then, the state-of-the-art has progressed to the point where >90% of children with ALL will be cured. This is not the case for other pediatric cancers, which continue to evade even the most sophisticated treatments of this era. With continued research and support, these diseases could prove to be equally surmountable.
Click the button to donate to the team as a whole, or if you'd like to contribute to an individual team member's fundraising effort, visit the "Meet the Team" page.