Heroes of RVA: Stories of children battling cancer

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Who are the Heroes of RVA? They are the beautiful children who are battling childhood cancer. These profiles are brief snapshot of the ups and downs that children in your community face during all stages of treatment. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children yet, despite that alarming statistic, it receives 4% of federal funding for research. You can make sure parents have emotional and financial support so they can focus on the child's well-being. You can help children with cancer by making a financial gift to Connor's Heroes Foundation. 

Jack

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Jack is an 8-year-old boy with a passion for life! He was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on March 5. Two days later, he started treatment. Less than two months into his 3-year treatment, he declares "I'm going to be ok." With his can-do attitude and sense of humor, he is an inspiration. He looks forward to returning to soccer, baseball, basketball and swim team, but in the meantime has decided to try tennis and piano. He enjoys cooking, building with legos and reading Harry Potter.

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Your gift will support all the children who are in treatment and registered with Connor's Heroes.


Aida

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Aida (age 10) was diagnosed in February 2016 with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She completed her 30-day treatment the end of March which really took a toll on her little body. She began losing her hair during that time, but she was fine with that. Aida has another six months of treatment. When that is complete, she will begin a long two-year treatment program of chemotherapy. Fortunately, science has come a long way. According to cancer.org, the 5-year survival rate for children with ALL is now more than 85% overall. Her strength and the love and support of her family and friends will get her through this difficult journey. Aida cannot wait to get back to her normal activities which include playing softball, horseback riding, playing golf, swimming in the ocean and, of course, starting school next fall.

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Katie

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Katie (8 years old) was diagnosed with T-cell ALL in January 2015. Three days after Christmas, she relapsed. She had leukemic tumors on both of her optic nerves that could only be treated with a bone marrow transplant. Her match was her little sister, Ellie, just before her 2nd birthday. The family is living apart during her treatment. Her two brothers and father live in Norfolk where he is stationed. Katie and her mom are in Richmond during her treatment. Through it all, Katie is a cheerleader and best friend to her fellow hero patients. She can't wait to be reunited with her family. She painted TOMS and other art for the Heroes Art Ball, usually at her hospital bed in the bone marrow transplant unit. 

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Your gift will support all the children who are in treatment and registered with Connor's Heroes.
Photo credit: Courage For Katie/Facebook