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The Blast 2018

Sydney and Dad
Sydney and Dad

Team Sydney

Join us on March 24, 2018 as we Run, Ride and Dine to make a difference in the lives of Cook Children's patients and families fighting neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

This year's event features a 1-Mile fun run at 8:15am, 5K at 8:00am and 30-Mile bike ride at 7:30am.  More details can be found at

As many of you know, Sydney was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma 2 months after her 2nd birthday in 2003. For the next 4 years she endured 8 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, a stem cell transplant, radiation, 6 months of oral chemotherapy and over 2 and a half years of experimental immunotherapy. There were ups and downs for sure. But somehow, she made it. Today she still has no evidence of disease.

During her treatment, she participated in 6 clinical trials and traveled to 3 different hospitals across the US. We did not know it at the time but, during one of those clinical trials, the immunotherapy that she was receiving was discovered to greatly improve survival. In another trial, her response was so dramatic and so long running that her case was actually written up in the New England Journal of Medicine.

We do not know what made the difference for Sydney. I wish we did. But, what we do know is that it was the research that made the difference. We knew that it was families and friends fundraising at bake sales, car washes, and walks like this that made the difference. It was fundraising that funded the research that improved treatment options that is the reason that Sydney survived.

It is for this reason that we support the important neuroblastoma research that is happening at Cook Children's.

Please join us for another year and help us make the difference for another child and another family who just do not know that they have neuroblastoma yet.

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