Callie's Crusaders was born in 2005, and this year we are celebrating Callie’s 15th anniversary as a cancer survivor and our 15th Parkway Run & Walk. The Parkway Run & Walk is a 5K Run & 2K Family Fun Walk that benefits pediatric cancer research and care at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 100% of every donation received for the Parkway Run & Walk funds breakthrough research and care for children treated at CHOP. The Cancer Center at CHOP is an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research, where patients and families from around the globe receive the best available pediatric cancer care from some of the world’s top clinicians. Researchers and clinicians at CHOP are working every day to develop new treatment options for children battling these devastating diseases, and addressing the long-term effects of cancer treatment felt by those who’ve won their fight. While researchers at CHOP and many other pediatric cancer centers are making great progress in the search for a cure, they need more funding to accelerate their work.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children under the age of 15. 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 are 20 years old, and our daughter Callie was one of them. Callie was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma, a smooth muscle tissue cancer, in her stomach in 2004 when she was only 9 years old. Her tumor was surgically removed, and thankfully, she required no further treatment. She continued to have follow-up ultrasounds, bloodwork, and exams with her oncologist for several years until she was officially released from CHOP's Cancer Survivorship Program in June 2015. Callie graduated from Temple University in May 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and earned her RN license in June 2018. She started her nursing career in October 2018 when she accepted a position in the Nurse Residency program at Lehigh Valley Hospital, which she will complete in November 2019. Her ultimate career goal is to be a pediatric oncology nurse.
The fight to beat cancer continues for so many kids and their families, and they need our support. Callie’s Crusaders has already raised almost $68,000 to fund CHOP's cancer research and survivorship programs. Your contribution will make an incredible difference in the lives of children with cancer. Please join team Callie's Crusaders at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, September 29th, or make your donation today to help us fight childhood cancer!
Thank you for your support!