Stories

Hear it first hand from the children and families who fought childhood cancer.

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NAYA
When Naya was very young, there was something about her that screamed, "I'm going to make an impact on the world."

Naya strove to enjoy every day in a manner that was full of grace, love, happiness and laughter; and her determination to enjoy life didn't change even as she fought to overcome cancer. Her love for life continues to inspire thousands every day.

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JANEY
I'm 19, I exercise, I eat all the right things. There is no way someone who just backpacked, sailed, and kayaked for 3 months in Mexico could get cancer. But, I did.

After showing symptoms and believing it was a bad period, I ignored the pain. My gynecologist suggested an ultrasound and with that he saw an enlarged mass in my uterus and diagnosed me with a massive blood clot. After a failed attempt to suction the clot out, he realized it was something much more serious... Uterine Sarcoma.

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LOGAN
On April 15, 2015, I was diagnosed with Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The lymph node on my neck was growing and left the left side of neck swollen. I was tired of the lump and people making fun of me for it. Doctor's kept saying, "It's benign," "It's harmless," "You don't need any surgery." But I knew that something wasn't right this time.

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JAKE
I remember the days when my favorite question was how many children do you have? I would light up and share about my children. I still get that questions and sometimes hesitate, share, or avoid.

Jake was full of life! His energy was contagious; he was a typical 2 year old. Jake was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma a few months after his second birthday. So, the question I ask is, "How can a child full of life, be given such a short one?"

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AMANDA
I tell people they can ask me anything about brain cancer, but the toughest question I get is, "How do you go on without your son?"

It has been six years since we heard the words brain cancer, and a little more than four since David was taken from us. Before loosing David, I was a fairly selfish person, but now all I see is the next person in treatment with no clear treatment path.

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