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Angelo’s Story

Child Name: Angelo
Diagnosis: Burkett Lymphoma
State: CA
Program: Camp Scholarship Program
Date Helped: February 2017

Angelo Yu survived the treatment against 4th stage Burkett Lymphoma in the head. His remission started in 2014. He went back to school hesitant and scared. He had this feeling of being someone different. It started from his outlook for losing his hair, his fear towards unfriendly reactions from peers, or from all sorts of anxiety that he was getting out of his predicament.

It is really hard for a child to accept the changes that are taking place with him. We can sense that, even if he would just say he is alright. His gestures and the way he gets along with other children was somewhat affected by his lack of self-esteem.

He used to run as fast as he could, but now his vision, as damaged by the tumor, keeps him from doing that. He was good at mathematics and reading but now the fonts are getting harder to see. He would just cry containing his excitement to say his topic at you when he would forget it seconds after waiting for your head to turn to him. It was a very frustrating situation and so much more struggle within.

We are so grateful that Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation has granted Angelo the funds to pursue his dream of being able to learn music. For such a wonderful support that was given to Angelo, he develops his skills through piano lessons and has been performing in recitals with the Yamaha Music School.

Through playing the piano, he has overcome his short-term memory loss and has gained as much self-confidence as possible.

May this foundation continue to support children, especially those with a disability as a result of their cancer, bring back their normal way of living. More power.

Serena’s Story

Child Name: Serena
Age: 15
Diagnosis: ALL
State: NV
Program: Camp Scholarships Program

 

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life? When did your child go into remission?
January 23, 2017

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
I hate seeing my daughter go through her hard days but they aren’t so many. She had a hard month but does well now since doctors figured out the source of her pain and could treat it. It’s also great to see how nice people can be when they see you going through a trial like this.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Stomach pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and stress make me emotional which makes Serena emotional as well.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Yes, because of my fiancé. He helps with her appointments, which are hard for me. We try to keep everything the same. We also exercise and do fun things together as much as possible.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Seeing how kind those around us are reacting through this trial.

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Helping Hands Fund?
I was poor as a child and once I became a mom, soon after I became a single mom for 8 years. I appreciate every little bit of help I get. I don’t know how to express my gratitude enough, especially because I am not used to asking for help. Thank you!

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Through National Childhood Cancer Foundation.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
My daughter was the captain of her school volleyball team and thriving in every way! It was a fluke that we caught it. We caught it with monthly blood tests. We are so thankful we caught it early!

 

Hours-Locations Helps Send Bear-Able Gifts

HOURS-LOCATIONS.com Sponsorship

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with HOURS-LOCATIONS.com. With the sponsorship, CCRF will be able to send at least fifty Bear-Able Gifts to children. Children battling cancer in hospitals across the country will receive gifts during the remaining three Bear-Able Gifts toy shipments in 2017. The hope of the Bear-Able Gifts Program is to put a smile on a young cancer patients face as they fight the toughest battle of their life. 

About HOURS-LOCATIONS.com

HOURS-LOCATIONS.com is a consumer friendly directory of local businesses & store locations in North America. Hours of operation, opening and closing times, maps, addresses, contact phone numbers, and emails from popular businesses and stores can be found on hours-locations.com.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.

Stores Compete in March Madness Toy Drive

GETTYSBURG, PA – Too many children and their families have to spend an extended amount of time in the hospital fighting the battle against cancer. In our continued efforts to bring hope and joy to the pediatric cancer patients, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) partnered with The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg for a March Madness Toy Drive.

Sixteen stores at the Outlets participated in the toy drive and competed against each other to collect the most toys for CCRF’s Bear-Able Gifts program. The “tournament” started on March 16th, with two stores facing off in the championship on April 2nd. Go! Calendars, Games & Toys and Rue21 battled it out until the last hour on Sunday, April 2nd, but Go! Calendars, Games & Toys prevailed as the champions with 412 toys collected. Overall, 1,697 toys were collected to be sent to children battling cancer in the hospital.

The finale event on April 2nd included a petting zoo and photo op with Paw Patrol mascots for the kids and several prize giveaways for adults. Go! Calendars, Games & Toys also held a cat adoption day with the Humane Society of Washington County. The humane society waived the adoption fee for those who donated a toy and 11 cats found their forever home! Families who donated to CCRF also received a coupon for 10% off at any of the restaurants in the food court.

This was the first year that The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg hosted a toy drive with CCRF. The toy drive was a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the Outlets. Through the support of businesses like The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, we have been able to deliver more toys and smiles to children battling cancer than ever before!

To learn more about the programs and services offered by CCRF, visit childrenscancerrecovery.org or email childrens@cancerrecovery.org for more information on how to get involved.


About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.

Ryder’s Story

Child Name: Ryder
Age: 10
State: PA
Program: Bear-Able Gifts
Date Helped: February 2017

 

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life? When did your child go into remission?
Jan. 13, 2017. Ryder woke up Jan. 11th with a headache and vomiting that was relieved with Tylenol. The next two days he went to school and was playing around with the neighborhood with friends. Friday morning, the 13th, Ryder woke up with the worst headache of his life and was violently vomiting. We took him to the ER and requested a CT scan. They found the tumor on the CT scan. Ryder was then transferred to Hershey via ambulance where a team of neurosurgeons waited for us. Ryder had emergency surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain caused by fluid. We went home Jan. 16th. Ryder was healing well waiting for chemotherapy to start. On Jan. 23rd, Ryder started leaking from his incision. We were admitted again for emergency brain surgery to alleviate the pressure and fluid build up. They kept him in the hospital for observation and a plan. They decided that while he was admitted they would take him 2 days later for surgery to place his port and do an LP. Then on the 29th, his body was producing too much fluid so they decided they needed to take him back for a 4th surgery to place a shunt from his brain to his abdomen. Finally, on Feb. 9th Ryder was able to start his first round of chemo. He gets 2 medications for 3 days in a row and then is allowed to rest the next 2 weeks. The cycle then starts all over again for 4 times. After that, we will move on to radiation 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Traveling to CHOP every day will be a challenge.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
The negative is obvious.. our child has cancer. The positive is definitely seeing our son rise up to the challenge and fight the battle of his life. Ryder is the most positive, uplifting, determined, awe-inspiring person I know. Cancer is not stopping him. We are humbled by the outpouring support we have been receiving from our entire family, community, and friends. This has definitely pulled us closer as a family. We continually thank God for all of the incredibly amazing care Ryder has been receiving.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Ryder misses school and his friends so much. His blood counts have been low and it’s flu season so we are trying to limit visitors and staying home. A big struggle has also been the fact that I have been unable to work much while staying home to care for Ryder. We are definitely a two income household and losing one income is going to be tough for a while.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We laugh a lot. We have a motto that I started right after diagnosis. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to be angry… but it is never for one second, okay to think you are not going to be okay. We talk about it often and Ryder asks a lot of great questions.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?Ryder has been getting mail and packages EVERY day since his diagnosis from all over the country. He gets cards from all of the different schools in our district and he loves reading each and every one of them.

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Bear-Able Gifts Program?
Ryder received a care box of games and activities that he brought with him to the hospital for chemotherapy to keep him busy!