In 2011, I thought back to 10 years earlier when I first heard the words, “ Your son has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.” I remember feeling that here we are in 2011 and my family is fully intact. Scarred, yes but we were all still together. You see most families that hear their child has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma are not only scarred but they are heavily beaten up by this monster Neuroblastoma and most have lost their child in the most painful way possible. Families are left emotionally and financially broken.
What can I do to celebrate this milestone of Jordan still being with us 10 years later? This is when I discovered that I can reach out to friends and family and see if they would join me in running a marathon to raise awareness for this disease that takes so much but so little is known.
Team 4 Hope was born.
As we start our 8th year of fundraising as a team it truly amazes me that our mighty and dedicated group have stayed committed to the cause and how much we have accomplished. As I write this our group has raised just over $408 000, incredible! We have now funded 4 research projects, again incredible. We have helped raise the awareness of Neuroblastoma and childhood cancer. Lastly, we have provided support to families going through treatment and after.
One person can make a difference.
Once again I am dedicating this year’s run and my funds raised to Jacob who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 5 years old and then after 12 years of being cancer free, he was diagnosed with a secondary cancer, Osteosarcoma(same disease as Terry Fox). Instead of going to his High School Graduation he was recovering at BCCH from surgery to remove the tumour. Things were looking better for Jacob in the start of 2018 until they found that the cancer was back again this summer and this time their treatment options are very limited. Jacob beat Neuroblastoma when he was 5 years old but the treatment he received is now killing him.
Our latest project is called The Brave Initiative, which is Better Responses through Avatomics Evidence. This $1.1 million dollar project is working on developing new therapies for childhood cancer. The goal is to develop personalized therapies that are safer and more effective for kids like Jacob.