This Week in Neuroblastoma – 04-15-14

”I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” ~ Mother Teresa.
Without all of you casting a single stone across the waters, many of these children would not be able to receive potentially lifesaving neuroblastoma treatments. We love hearing stories of selfless acts of fundraising and head shavings! Thank you for your continued support!

Here’s this week’s links…

Kids – Why We Fight

Non-Profits / Events / News

‘Spring Fling’ at City Center on Saturday, April 12, for “Warrior” Wes Pak, neuroblastoma patient

Wes Pak,8, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2011 when he was 5 years old. After remaining in remission for 2 years, Wes relapsed in February of this year. To assist the Pak family with their medical expenses, friends and family members are coming together for “Spring Fling 2014.” There will be a face painter, a balloon animal maker, and live music from Josh Meeks and finger-picking world champion Matt Thomas. We hope you have a wonderful turnout!

Micah Ahern channels superpowers to help TCU baseball team

We shared with you the story of Micah Ahern, 5, who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when he was only 3 years old last week. Micah’s story broke earlier this year when he became an honorary member of the TCU baseball team. Micah had a signing ceremony with TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle and his players to become TCU’s first recruit in the class of 2027. Micah was linked to the TCU baseball team to fulfill one of his wishes through an organization called Team Impact. Micah now attends as many TCU baseball games as he can, and he even threw out the first pitch in the season-opening series. Micah is also raising money and garnering support through his Facebook page “Praying for Micah Ahern.”

Staff raise funds for Northallerton girl battling rare form of cancer

Staff members at Darlington Building Society are raising funds in support of 11 year old Gaby Alderson who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma with MYCN amplification in September 2013. Gaby’s mother is trying to raise £500,000 to fund Gaby’s treatments. Manager Kayleigh Turner said: “After hearing about Gabrielle’s brave battle with cancer, we wanted to do something to show our support.” The staff successfully raised £200; great work!

No hair Claire raises cash for Summer’s cancer fund

Claire Shields, who works at Castlefields Infant School in Rastrick, took on a challenge to help fund treatment for five-year-old neuroblastoma fighter Summer Allen. The challenge? Shaving her head! Summer’s mother Sarah was greatly touched by Claire’s brave act and the donations that followed saying, We are so grateful for the support and donations from the school.” To donate, please visit

Young basketball fan’s memorial set for next week

After sharing the heart wrenching news that their beautiful 8 year old daughter Lacey Holsworth passed away from neuroblastoma, the Holsworth family is asking that people attending her memorial service next week wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life. Lacey’s Celebration of Life will take place Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 6pm at the Breslin Center. Our hearts remain with the Holsworth

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