Meet the 2022 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Ambassadors


Children and their families provide in-depth insight into the world of childhood cancer and why research is so important

LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The world through the eyes of a child is often full of wonder and imagination. This world shouldn’t include hospital beds, needles and chemotherapy, but these things are a reality for children with cancer. To raise awareness of the need to fund childhood cancer research to find cures and better treatments, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-governmental funder of childhood cancer research grants, announces its 2022 Ambassadors The Ambassadors’ families, each affected by childhood cancer, will share their journeys of struggle and triumph, hope and despair, and give people insight into their lives and what comes after hearing these life-changing words. life: “Your child has cancer”.

Coming from many parts of the country, ages, disease types and stages of their cancer journey, the ambassadors represent the more than 300,000 children worldwide who are diagnosed with cancer each year and remind us that cancer does not does not discriminate.

The 2022 St. Baldrick’s Ambassadors are:

Body., is almost three years old and his mother calls him “an old soul”. Diagnosed in September 2021 with neuroblastoma, Bodie’s cancer journey has only just begun. He had surgery December 27, 2021, to remove tumors and an adrenal gland, and faces more chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in February. His attitude is “fight to win!” and he understands with mature wisdom that even the “ouchies” must be endured if he is to overcome this cancer. But, in many ways, Bodie is a typical little boy. He likes racing cars, fire trucks, trains, puzzles and football. Going to the park and Target rank among her favorite activities, second only to cuddling up with mom to watch a movie or read a book. One day when he grows up – for real – Bodie wants to be a firefighter or a doctor or maybe a footballer. But for now, Bodie is the contrast of an “old soul” in a little boy’s body, serving him well as he takes on the fight of his life.

Danica T. was a sweet and spicy little girl who was adored by all who knew her. At 21 months, he was diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), a brain tumour. Danica underwent surgery, chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and proton radiation therapy, but her illness still recurred. Danica has been involved in a number of clinical trials and pioneering research, such as laser ablation therapy, Tumor Paint, and a daily oral medication she has called “the pancake medicine” or “the tomato one.” “. Danica loved her life. She died in her parents’ arms in March 2021. “Danica made the world a better place,” the Taylor family said. “She brought joy and courage, hope and faith.”

Rocco P. was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in June 2021. When he was first informed of his diagnosis, the five-year-old’s first concern was to recover enough to donate blood. Her kindness, her love for others and her faith gave her strength during treatment. Rocco welcomed 2022 from the hospital, where he completed the third cycle of an experimental chemotherapy drug. Despite his diagnosis, Rocco is like many children his age. He loves to play, especially with his brother, RayRay, and sister, Chloe, who are his best friends. Soccer is his favorite sport, and you’ll find him cheering on RayRay during his soccer practices when he feels good enough to go out. Rocco loves dinosaurs, Beyblades, puppies, Starbucks bacon egg bites and meatball pasta. Even though he has a long road to treatment ahead of him, Rocco will continue to draw on his many strengths to get through this.

Benji S., aka “Super Benji”, was diagnosed with rare brain cancer as a baby. He underwent surgery and began a rigorous 18-month treatment protocol before his first birthday. Just as he reached the five-year “survival mark”, he was diagnosed with secondary thyroid cancer, requiring the removal of his thyroid and lymph nodes and more intensive treatment. The very treatment that saved Benji’s life was not without collateral damage. He suffers from hearing loss, lung and respiratory weakness, optic nerve damage and feeding problems. But he earned the nickname “Super Benji” because he’s a fighter. Seven-year-old Benji loves sports, especially baseball and wrestling – his heroes being the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler. Kofi Kingston – macaroni and cheese, chicken fries, Marvel movies and superheroes, and family game and movie nights.

These families will act as spokespersons for the St. Baldrick Foundation, attend events and fundraisers, and share their stories to educate the public about the realities of childhood cancers.

Keep following these brave stories on the St. Baldrick’s Blog and social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn. To find out how you can to be involved, visit StBaldricks.org.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Every 2 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer. In the United States, 1 in 5 people will not survive. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-governmental funder of childhood cancer research grants, is on a mission to give children a life by supporting the most promising research to find cures and better treatments for all. childhood cancers. When you give to St. Baldrick’s, you’re not just giving to one hospital – you’re supporting virtually every institution with the expertise to treat children with cancer across the United States. St. Baldrick’s ensures children battling cancer now — and those diagnosed in the future — will have access to the most advanced treatments, supporting every step of research, from new ideas in the lab to developing new therapies. , to life-saving clinical trials. Join us at StBaldricks.org and help #GiveKidsALifetime.

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