My cancer story started in fall of 2007. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of four. I would be in treatment for two years two months and two days before going into remission in December of 2009. Besides myself, several of my family members and friends have been diagnosed with cancer. This has led me to a passion for raising money to fight this disease.
This year, instead of birthday gifts, I'm asking you to consider making a donation to Cook Children's in order to help my peers battling ALL and other childhood cancers. Thank you so much for your support!
Lois and W Paul Bowman MD Leukemia Program Endowment (LPE) at Cook Children's
The goal of the LPE is to contribute to progress in leukemia treatment and survival in order to move steadily towards increasing cure rates. The LPE has been established by Dr. and Mrs. Bowman to support Leukemia Program Planning for the patients and families undergoing care at the Cook Children's Hematology-Oncology Center in Fort Worth. The mission of the Endowment is to help fulfill the Cook Children's Promise as it applies to children and adolescents diagnosed with leukemia, which is a group of cancers affecting the blood and bone marrow. Leukemias are the most common cancers in children, affecting all ages from infancy to young adults. The Cook Children's Leukemia Program is one of the busiest and most respected in Texas, serving patients and families from a large territory including the Fort Worth-Dallas Area, North, Central, and West Texas, and neighboring states. The care of childhood leukemia requires a dedicated multidisciplinary team led by expert physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Steady improvement in successful treatment of these diseases has resulted from the application of innovative research, technology, highly educated staff, and devoted teamwork. Ensuring access to cutting edge therapies and the ability to provide these services to all in need is essential for every child and family facing a diagnosis of leukemia, because these illnesses are invariably fatal unless the most modern treatments are available. Funds generated through the LPE will be applied to the development of patient care services, to the support of new research studies, and to the education of health professionals, students, and graduate trainees. These resources will enhance the capacity of Cook Children's to meet the needs of every child afflicted with blood cancer who is entrusted to our care.