CureSearch Walk team raises more than $140,000 for childhood cancer research

Alex Johnson was a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old boy who never had any health problems, so when he started experiencing back pain and a sore throat in 2012, his mother knew something was wrong.  “Our doctor checked for strep and influenza, and they both came back negative,” Jamie Johnson, Alex’s mother, explained. “We headed home while the …

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CureSearch Forever Hero: Landon Vargas

Landon Vargas was born on November 26, 2006. He was the oldest son of Beth and Ariel Vargas, and the playful older brother to three siblings. Landon loved to play sports and he always competed with determination, enthusiasm and a smile on his face. Whether winning or losing, Landon’s contagious laughter and positive attitude never wavered.  …

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CureSearch Hero – Manny Perez

Manny was our extremely healthy, strong-willed, rambunctious little boy until age 3, when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 ALL (Burkitt’s Lymphoma). We were suddenly thrust into the overwhelming world of cancer and chemotherapy. Within a week of starting his chemo, Manny had severe complications that led to brain injury, infection, multiple surgeries, and prolonged mechanical ventilation. Over …

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CureSearch Heroes – Ryan Herring

Ryan is currently a 5-year-old boy undergoing treatment for diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor (DLGNT) at the University of Virginia (UVA). Diagnosed in March of 2019, Ryan’s family has traveled to various hospitals in hopes of a treatment to cure him, but unfortunately, there is not a cure for DLGNT this time. Ryan is only the …

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CureSearch Heroes – Claire, Team Clairebear

“Once you have cancer in your rear-view mirror, it’s important to advocate for the kids — your own and everyone else’s.”  Life is good for Claire now. This multi-talented, 8-year-old dancer and gymnast is captivated by the history of ancient Egypt. A budding comedian, she has written a repertoire of jokes that she loves to perform. She is also an avid reader who enjoys playing with her friends.   There is another important facet of Claire Braziel’s life – she is a cancer survivor and advocate. In December of 2012, …

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