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On this #TeamTuesday, we want to give a #StrongAgainstCancer shoutout to Roxi and Romeo! Roxi is a hemotology/oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse at @seattlechildrens. Because of her work, she was inspired to donate her son's umbilical cord blood. We are so lucky to have nurses like Roxi on our team! #Repost @roxifbabyyy
Romeo Cruz Sochenda: my son, my little hero, and someone’s life saver. Being a hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplant nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital is one of the most humbling careers I could have ever imagined for myself. I see children fight day in and day out for their lives against blood disorders and cancers and sometimes our standard chemotherapy and treatments just aren’t enough. Those kiddos need a life saving bone marrow transplant, either from a family member, a stranger, or through an umbilical cord blood donation. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew without a doubt I would donate his cord blood. I was lucky, my midwives give their patients pamphlets on how to donate or bank and my birth center is already affiliated with the local blood bank for donations. BUT as a nation, less than 30% of people even know that it is an option. 90% of life saving cord blood gets thrown away after a baby is born. 1 in 217 is the lifetime odds of a person needing a stem cell transplant (it really isn’t that rare nowadays - it’s used to cure 80+ different diseases). I’ve seen kids lose their lives waiting for a perfect match. It’s just a blood draw from the cord after it’s cut so baby and mom don’t feel a thing. It’s free AND you can still do delayed cord clamping for baby before collecting the donation, that’s what I did! I just hope there’s one person out there that will read this and consider donating one day. When I go back to work after my maternity leave and administer a transplant to one of those sweet little patients of mine, I know I’ll be filled with so many more emotions than usual... because of my sons life, he was able to give someone back theirs.
#StrongAgainstCancer VIP Payton is in remission after being diagnosed with #livercancer at just 8 months old. Her dad tells us, "Payton is a very strong little Princess Warrior! She’s always smiling through everything, even her chemo treatments. She has inspired a lot of people in her journey with her smile, strength, and courage. We’d like to thank everyone at @seattlechildrens, and the @rmhcseattle for all they’ve done for us!" Congratulations to Payton and her family, who live in Dodson, Montana, on a cancer-free 2018!
Today we’re so honored and grateful that Bruce Leven donated a portion of his $60+ million legacy gift to support uncompensated care for #StrongAgainstCancer. His gift will help provide life-saving cancer care and innovative #immunotherapy treatments for children regardless of their family's ability to pay. #Grateful
#StrongAgainstCancer VIP Izaiah was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic #leukemia on Valentine's Day in 2017. He spent the last year fighting for his life, undergoing more than 20 blood transfusions and 10 platelet transfusions, and we are thrilled to say that he is now in remission and in the maintenance phase of his treatment at @seattlechildrens. We're told that his hair grew back in less than 2 months! Izaiah's mom says, "He is a very loving kid with a big heart and has a huge smile that can make anyone around him smile. He loves video games, Legos, and swimming". She continues, "We are grateful Izaiah is doing amazing right now, and we pray it continues to stay this way.” We hope it stays that way too. You're invited to follow Izaiah's journey with #childhoodcancer at facebook.com/fightforizaiah.
THANK YOU, In Concert for Cancer! Last week, this passionate, creative group presented us with a $5,000 donation. Their generosity will purchase vital lab equipment for accelerating #immunotherapy research at Dr. Vandana Kalia's lab at the Ben Towne Center for #ChildhoodCancer Research at @seattlechildrens - music to our ears!
#StrongAgainstCancer VIP Cody was diagnosed with a brain tumor and hydrocephalus just two days after his 11th birthday. After chemotherapy, surgery and physical therapy, he celebrated his "End of Therapy Day" at @seattlechildrens on December 1, 2017. Cody's mom tells us that, even though he still struggles with pain and body weakness, he likes to say, "I don't complain or cry because it would not change anything. It's a waste of time." This brave boy loves reading and Pokemon. He's also looking forward to a trip to Japan to visit his grandparents, an adventure made possible by @makeawishamerica. We’re rooting for you, Cody!
In June, #StrongAgainstCancer VIP Jesiah was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic #leukemia at 19-months-old. He has three more years of treatment ahead, and it's been a tough road for him and his family so far. His parents sold their home and belongings, left their jobs, and uprooted from their support network to get their son the care he needs at @seattlechildrens. Jesiah's mom tells us, "He is a brave, strong and fearless boy. He runs into things that would normally scare the average 2-year-old." Right now, he is close to reaching the maintenance phase of his #chemotherapy treatment, and his family is anxious to bring him home. If you'd like to follow Jesiah's journey with cancer, please visit facebook.com/PrayForJesiah
Wow Our wonderful teammates from Valley Girls & Guys! presented us with a $50,000 check today in honor of #StrongAgainstCancer VIP Hunter! And, thanks to the generosity of Jack MacDonald, their gift was matched, making a grand total of $100,000 that will accelerate our childhood cancer research. We are SO grateful
Today we honor the life of #StrongAgainstCancer VIP Sergio, known as Jr. to his loved ones. Diagnosed with #leukemia at 15-months-old, Jr. underwent multiple treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem cell transplant at @seattlechildrens. His mom tells us that Jr. gained his angel wings just shy of his second birthday, on October 8, 2017, after a very difficult fight. She says, "Even though he was hurting and going through so much, he always managed to smile. He loved listening to music and riding his red car in the halls. He loved his entire family, giving us hugs and kisses and telling us “amo” which means love you in Spanish. He truly was a warrior for the fight he put on. There’s not a second that goes by that we don’t miss him, but my boy is no longer suffering, and I’m at peace to know that. Forever #SergioStrong."
Eleven-year-old VIP Ian will receive a bone marrow transplant at @seattlechildrens later this week. His cancer journey began in 2012 and has recently continued due to a relapse in 2017. At this point, he has been #StrongAgainstCancer for about half of his life. Ian's dad tells us that he is a thoughtful, creative and inquisitive boy. He enjoys building things out of paper and tape and loves @lego. He’s also a fan of @starwars and @seahawks and, as you can see in this heart-warming video, he has a talent for music. Ian’s support comes from his loving family and a wonderful community called Positive Fight Mode for Ian. Ian remains strong and positive! (Song by @rachelplatten)
Today, Seattle University Dance Marathon is trying to raise $80,000 for #StrongAgainstCancer, and there are many fun and tasty ways you can help! You can text STRONG to 501501 to make a $10 donation, or check out the schedule of events above! #Repost @seattleudancemarathon
TODAY IS THE DAY! Today we are going to raise $80,000 #ForTheKids! Donate at seattleudancemarathon.org or text “STRONG” to 501501 #SUDM11 #callingonthe206
Happy #TeamTuesday! The @seattleavengers recently visited with patients and families at @seattlechildrens for an event by @nwsarcoma, and everyone had a SUPER time! Every single person in these photos is a true #StrongAgainstCancer hero #childhoodcancer #sarcoma #seattlechildrens #beatcancer : @paul.dudley