In September of 2007, Rachel Lynn Henley was a freshman in high school, thriving in her new school as a great student and a strong and talented athlete. In November, at fourteen years old, Rachel's busy, happy life was turned inside-out when she was diagnosed with Synovial sarcoma - a rare soft tissue cancer that was found in her shoulder. After 7 months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries she was found to be cancer free in the Summer of 2008. However, in 2012, when it seemed like life was back to normal, Rachel and her family learned their worst nightmare had come true when Rachel's cancer returned with a vengeance - now in her lungs and in an area over her liver.
Rachel endured 3 more years of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries all with a beautiful smile on her face and positive spirit intact. Rachel chose to live her life to it's fullest and encourage others to do the same. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she made the decision to make a positive difference in the world. Rachel wanted to give back as so many others had done for her. Rachel's battle ended on June 2, 2015, but she continues to inspire so many, every day.
October 16th-22nd 2016: Me Fine Foundation
Me Fine Foundation, Inc. was founded by friends and family of Folden Lee IV who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in May, 2003. He received several rounds of chemotherapy at UNC Children’s Hospital but relapsed shortly after treatment. He then survived two consecutive cord blood transplants and extensive radiation at Duke Children’s Hospital. In spite of gallant efforts, the leukemia cells once again returned. Folden was 2 years old.
During the 15 month battle with this disease, Folden’s family found that along with the tremendous stress of caring for a child with a life threatening illness, most families are also weighted down with overwhelming medical costs. Additionally, families are obligated to provide personal outpatient housing and living expenses while their child is undergoing treatment. Some caregivers lose their jobs, their homes and are separated from other family members for extended periods while their child is receiving treatment. Resources for these kids are extremely limited.
Me Fine was founded in order to pool resources for families facing life changing challenges. No one can change what these children are forced to endure medically, but our combined efforts can certainly change the financial burdens of their caregivers and make their countless days in the hospital a little easier to endure.
November 6th-12th 2017: The Monday Life
The Monday Life helps hospitalized children feel better. They are a non-profit on a mission to bring the best healing environments to every hospitalized child on the planet and their work is made possible by people giving just $1, every Monday.
Research shows that a patient's environment has a tremendous impact on healing,so things like music, art, and technology can become experiences that help children heal
December 18th-25th 2016: St. Baldrick's Foundation
As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer researchers who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are- and that starts with funding research jus for them. Join St. Baldrick's at stbaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.
Since 2005, they've invested over $200 million in childhood cancer research grants worldwide.
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