This support is designed to financially support the patients as they strive to return to their pre-diagnosis extracurricular passions in either sports, the arts, music, science, etc, both during and post-treatment. The purpose of the financial support is to assist the patients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being by enabling them to achieve their future goals whether it be through attending sports or academic camps, planning travel for study or competition or through personal trainers, tutors, teachers or specialized programs that target their goals. This fund may also be used for applicants needing a prosthetic or specialized equipment.
Applicants must be 20 years old and younger and have been diagnosed with sarcoma-type cancer (ewing's, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, etc.) or any tumor-type cancer (germ cell, blastoma, wilms). There will be multiple awards from $500-$2000.
Summer applications are now closed! Stay tuned for when we announce our awardees. The winter scholarship period will open for applications on September 1st.
Katie was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in December of 2018. She endured 17 rounds of chemotherapy, 35 blood transfusions, 6 surgeries, and spent over 150 days in the hospital.
She hopes to do a study abroad program in the summer of 2021 through her school, and would love to travel to Italy, New Zealand, and Ireland. In the future, Katie is planning to become a nurse and expand her knowledge of healthcare in other countries.
During his sophomore year of high school, Andy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his right femur joint. He endured 30 weeks of chemotherapy and a limb saving surgery.
Before cancer, Andy was a track and field sprinter at his high school. Because of his limb saving surgery and his prosthesis on his femur, he can no longer compete. But he is not letting that be the end of his athletic passion. He frequently goes to the gym to weight lift and has a burning passion to become stronger and improve on himself.
James was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at 18 years old. He completed 11 months of chemotherapy along with a limb saving surgery for his leg. This surgery made 3/4th of James's leg prosthetic but is on the inside of the leg, so people don’t see his leg is artificial.
James is going to college next year where he wants to pursue finance, economics, and international business. Whatever career path he embarks on, he wants to raise awareness for pediatric cancer - whether it is financially or being a face and voice to creating change.
Two days after his 11th birthday, on April 23, 2018, Nicholas was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Not just “normal” osteosarcoma, but multifocal osteosarcoma with lung metastasis. Multifocal osteosarcoma is a rare and extremely bad subset of an already bad cancer. Nicholas had bone cancer tumors in his left femur, right tibia and both lungs. Over the next 10 months, he would undergo harsh chemotherapy, limb salvage surgery on both legs, and tumor resection thoracotomies on both lungs. During Nicholas's limb salvage surgery he suffered a spinal cord injury and severe nerve damage leaving him unable to use the restroom normally anymore, and completely unable to walk for months.
Something that helped Nicholas get back to his life was getting involved with adaptive sports. Wheelchair basketball helped Nicholas get some muscle back and make new friends. Nicholas also plays sled hockey which he loves because it’s fun to go fast on ice and maneuver his way around things! Last winter, Nicholas was finally able to get back out on the mountain and learned how to monoski. Nicholas loves to monoski because he can get outside with his family and do something athletic with them. We are happy to hear that Nicholas's spinal cord injury has gotten a lot better, and he is continuing to heal and get stronger.