RALLY FOUNDATION.ORG wrote -
Hello Friends and Family,
Thank you for taking the time and effort to visit this webpage today. In two weeks, I will be running for the third year in a row on a Rally team in the Country Music Marathon. This year I am running in honor of my cousin James and Mary Catherine.
When James was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with a Ewings Sarcoma tumor originating in his kidney. At that time he was #27 in world history to have this, and there was no child who had survivred for longer than two years. It looked doubtful that he would live to graduate from 6th grade.
Right away, James had his kidney removed and a central line put into his chest. He began a gruelling year of surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments. Fortunately, James was able to be a part of a clincal research trial just like those that Rally Foundation funds.That is probably the reason that James's life was spared. Within two years, the results became the national protocol for all kids diagnosed with Ewngs.
Unfortunately, about one out of every five kids diagnosed with cancer doesn't survive. I am also running in honor of Mary Catherine, the niece of news anchorman John Seigenthaler's niece. Sadly, she recently lost her battle to Leukemia. Please join me in fighting childhood cancers. Every dollar makes a difference in this battle. And, if you choose to donate to Rally, you can be assured that your dollars are well-spent. For every dollar given to Rally, 92 cents goes to its mission of raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
I can't help but think, "Where would James be if that clinical research trial had not been funded?" It makes me sick to know that there have only been two new medicines for childhood cancers in 20 years! If we are going to effectiveley fight this awful childhood disease, we have got to band together and get the doctors funds for grants they need to BEAT CHILDHOOD CANCERS! Every dollare makes a difference. Thank you for your time and consideration in giving to move one step closer towards ending childhood cancer.