On June 9th 2020 our little Superhero Kathleen Eberlin Kenny age 5 was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. From the very first day of Kathleen's cancer diagnosis the doctor's at both Roswell Park and Oishei Children's hospital had a plan. They knew exactly what they had to do to save our little girls life.
It's been a long road for Kathleen, her big brother Danny, & all our family and friends. We have had our share of ups and downs but the end of Kathleen's treatment is near. We are so thankful the doctors had a plan from the very start and we are blessed that it has been working. Not all family's we have met throughout this journey have had the same outcome. More needs to be done so that everyone, child and or adult has a fighting chance to live a healthy happy life.
Less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer
Unfortunately until there are changes at a Federal level the only way to get more funding for pediatric cancer research is through fundraising and awareness.
Childhood Cancer Facts — United States
· Each day, 47 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, which means more than 17,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.
· Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in American children, resulting in the death of approximately 1,800 kids each year.
· As of 2015, there are approximately 429,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the U.S.
· In the United States, 84% of children diagnosed with cancer are alive at least five years after diagnosis; however this does not mean they are cured or free from long-term side effects.
· Even those who are cured may suffer long-term side effects as a result of the cancer treatments they received. Children who were treated for cancer are twice as likely to suffer chronic health conditions later in life versus children without a history of cancer.
Please help me raise critically needed funds to support the thousands of patients young and old who turn to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for hope each year. Your donation provides funding researchers need right now to investigate new treatment options that could save lives. For every dollar donated, Roswell Park can leverage an additional $13 in new grant funding.