Let's CLIMB for the CURE!
I'd like you all to meet Jaelyn. She is a very special little girl who happens to be in the middle of the biggest fight of her life. Jaelyn is this year's CTAM ambassador. Team Jaelyn will be racing at the event and helping us close in on our 5,000,000 step goal.
Jaelyn thought she was having a migraine for several days. Her mother took her to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) on Sunday, October 28, 2018. They found out that Jaelyn had a massive brain tumor covering the entire backside of her head up to her crown, into her right ear canal and down to the top of her spine. She was immediately admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at Scottish Rite (a hospital at CHOA).She had an MRI scan and learned that the tumor was extremely large and wrapped around important nerves. The neurosurgeon explained that she has Ependymoma, a very aggressive malignant form of cancer. Earlier this year, Jaelyn went to Disney World for the first time since losing her hair and did not wear a hat (this was a huge accomplishment because she does not like, nor want people to know that she’s sick). Instead, she wore the Minnie Mouse ears her grandmother bought for her. Throughout all of her treatments and back and forth trips to Florida with her grandparents Marshelle and Eddie by her side, Jaelyn has remained optimistic and has maintained a positive attitude. On her second trip to Jacksonville, Jaelyn rang the bell with her mom and family surrounding her. She truly has a fighting spirit! In fact, one of her doctors said, "I have seen a lot of patients, but I can honestly say that I would rather fight a grizzly bear than to fight this little girl!"
About Climb to a Million:
This is the 4th annual event and we have raised over $1.3M for this important cause – 100% of the money goes to CURE Childhood Cancer, a local non-profit with national reach. We are targeting our dollars again this year to Precision Medicine Research.
Unlike adults, most childhood cancer patients are all treated with the same harsh treatments, like chemo and radiation. These treatments cause 2/3’s of patients to have lifelong, debilitating side effects and they don’t always work. Precision Medicine gives children the opportunity to be treated similarly to how you or I would be treated if we had cancer. Doctors would only target mutated cells identified through genetic testing and work to destroy them.
Why isn’t Precision Medicine readily available to kids today?
There are a lot of government regulations on medical testing for children. In fact, only $0.04 of every $1.00 raised goes to pediatric research. CURE Childhood Cancer works closely with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to fund not only the research but treatments for children. It costs about $5,000 per child to do the gene sequencing of a child who has run out of treatment options. That is why we are working so hard to raise money for these kids!
We need your help - our goal this year is to raise $500k! There is no amount too small (or large) to give - every penny goes directly to the cause! Thank you in advance for your support!
What is the Climb to a Million?
We set a goal to take 5 Million steps along with raising the $500k. The event is on August 17th in Watkinsville, GA. As a company, we come together to walk, run or climb stadiums to show our support. The Climb is representative of the challenges these children face. It's hard, it hurts and it takes determination to fight through it.
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