I’m raising money to help fight childhood cancer and fund lifesaving research and innovative care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Join me to help CHOP make a difference today!
Why this is so important to me:
My family will be joining team CONALLSTRONG, the largest team for participants for the 3rd year in a row! As many of you know, Conall is our friend and neighbor. We are raising money to help fight childhood cancer and ultimately fund lifesaving research and innovative care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, an organization that has enables Conall the meds and the protocols to fight this cancer that has changed his life and many of the lives of people that Conall has touched over the past 2.5 years since his battle began in March 2015.
Conall's cancer presented in the most unusual way. His white blood cell production was "shut down" first vs. his red blood cell production. So, Conall seemed a healthy happy child without the standard signs of leukemia: nose bleeds, bruising, fatigue etc. But inside, as his white blood cells dropped in number, he was WIDE open for any type of infection; Conall actually went into septic shock in only 12 hours after coming down with a fever late one night. His family almost lost him to the septic shock, however, the unbelieveable fighter that he his, he came out of it, CONALLSTRONG. However, not without life-changing effects. Conall had to have both his legs amputated below the knee and all the fingers on his right hand, All the while, beginning his fight against cancer in his blood. Leukemia treatment is 3.5 years for boys and thankfully he is 2.5 years in and Conall is doing great. Even playing some Gaelic Football this summer!
Patients Need Us
Parents shouldn’t have to hear the words “your child has cancer.” However, 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they’re 20 years old.
Breakthroughs Are Upon Us CHOP’s Center for Childhood Cancer Research is one of the most distinguished research programs in the nation. Every day, CHOP’s Cancer Center team is redefining what a cancer diagnosis means for a child. The center offers the most advanced therapies available anywhere in the world, including cutting-edge clinical trials that reprogram the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.
How You Can Help Make an Immediate Impact Today 100% of every donation helps CHOP make important breakthroughs in understanding the causes of childhood cancer – and developing treatments that improve cure rates.