This Week in Neuroblastoma – 4/1/12

There are some great fundraisers happening in this week’s news. We love to hear about people making a difference!

Here’s this week’s links…

Kids – Why We Fight

Johnny Losurdo

Johnny Losurdo was 4 weeks old when he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. We could tell you his story, be he tells it much better! His essay won first place in the Teens Living with a Cancer Diagnosis category at the 4th annual Gilda’s Club chicago Teen Essay Award Reception. Congratulations, Johnny!

Non-Profits / Events / News

Mother Raises Over Half a Million Dollars in Her Daughter’s Memory

Lucy Jones lost her 9 month old daughter, Sienna Hoffman, to neuroblastoma in 2010. Since then, Lucy has been dedicated to raising money to help fund neuroblastoma research. She has raised over $550,000 through her efforts – and she’s not done. She recently hosted the fourth annual fundraiser in Sienna’s name.

Running for Mollie

Emily Hall isn’t just raising money, she’s running for it! She laced up her first pair of running shoes recently and is planning to run in honor of 4 year old NB patient, Mollie Matthews. Emily is hoping to raise at least £10,000 by competing in this year’s London Marathon. Good luck, Emily!

Ninth annual McFlury Run/Walk

Onalaska High School’s Ninth Annual McFlury Run/Walk is taking place this weekend, 4/6/13. This year’s benefactor will be 4 year old Collin Anderson, who is going through treatment for neuroblastoma. Collin was an easy choice for the students at Onalaska High, as Collin’s mother is an alumni of the high school. Onalaska High students are eager to raise money to help with the Collin’s staggering medical costs.

Friendship Fuels Funding

At 8 years old, Alexa Sankary lost her best friend, 7 year old Michael Mancuso to neuroblastoma. She was by his side all through treatments, brightening his day with talk of driving cars and going to college one day. When Michael died, Alexa decided to carry on his memory by starting a 5k to raise money for research. This year The Blast 5k Run & Walk took place for the 6th time, raising more than $50,000.

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