Honoring Our Tiny Superheroes
Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. This year alone, approximately 15,700 parents will hear the words “Your child has cancer”. One in 5 of these children won’t survive. It’s not okay and something has to change. These tiny heroes fight with everything they have to beat the beast known as cancer. Many of these children spend more time in hospitals than they do in the comfort of their own home. They are pumped full of medication that most adults can’t even pronounce. In their short lives, they have endured more pain and suffering than most adults do in a lifetime.
Every few months we like to showcase a new batch of pint size warriors who could really use your help. Offering a prayer or blessing, following their journey on social media, celebrating their triumphs, or cheering them on when they are most desperate for support.
The bravest 3 year old around and an honorary member of the FDNY. Trucker was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma. He has battled long and hard and his body has had enough. His family demonstrated the ultimate act of bravery when they decided they were no longer going to subject Trucker to the harsh treatments he was so accustomed to. Instead, they were going to treat him with a more holistic approach and allow his time here on earth to be a life filled with quality, not ridden with sickness from side effects of treatment. Trucker was a recipient from our care package program and our hearts continue to be touched by him daily through his mothers updates. Follow their story at Team Trucker on Facebook.
Meet Caidin! Caidin is 1, and is one big ball of adorable. Sadly, he has been battling stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma since he was 1 month old. He has completed multiple rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, one stem cell transplant, a handful of surgeries, and has spent countless nights away from his home living in hospitals. He has a smile that will melt your heart. He is currently on the Immunotherpay phase of his treatment and handling it like the champ that he is. We have been able to help this family through our generous donors, and hope anyone who can will continue to donate to this family. They can use all the help they can get. Follow his story on Facebook at Caidin’s Fight.
Lylah-Jean is barely 4 months old and battling for her life. She was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and her local hospital told her family she was out of options and her time was limited. That was not a satisfactory answer. The Lister Family scraped up what they could and made their way to CHOP in Philadelphia in order to obtain a second opinion. She was admitted through the Emergency Room and after reviewing her case the team decided to take her on as their patient. She is now under the care of CHOP and just started her first round of chemotherapy. The JacksonStrong Foundation is extremely proud to have been involved in getting this family to Philly so they could get a second chance. We are praying for you sweet angel. Follow their story on Facebook at Prayers for Lylah-Jean.