Kelli, Sidekick

“My Brother is My Forever Hero.” Kelli’s Sidekick Story

“Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose.” – The Flash. For Kelli, her purpose in life was to stand by her brother Mike’s side, just like any loyal sidekick would do, and to join the fight against children’s cancer. It all started in 2004 when she came home from college for Thanksgiving break. …

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Emma Pederson, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Local Mother Raises Awareness for Children’s Cancer Research After Daughter’s Diagnosis

For Immediate Release Contact: Erin Richey (240) 235-2272 | erin.richey@curesearch.org To empower other parents and caregivers, Mary Kay Pederson participates in CureSearch Superheroes Unite! Portage, MI – When Mary Kay’s daughter, Emma, was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of children’s cancer that accounts for 25% of all …

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Caroline, Sidekick

“I Am So Thankful for the Perspective Our Cancer Journey Has Given Me.” Meet Sidekick Caroline Chang

A sidekick is someone who stands steadfast beside a superhero in the face of danger, just like Robin does with Batman. That’s exactly what Caroline Chang did when her 15-month-old son Wes was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma in 2014, and when he tested positive for N-myc amplification. It’s what she’s been doing …

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Dr Ranjit Bindra, Sidekick

“The Kids I Treat Constantly Amaze Me.” Meet Sidekick Dr. Ranjit Bindra

Professor X, fearless leader of the X-Men, once said, “The greatest power on Earth is the magnificent power we all possess…the power of the human brain.” We know a super sidekick who not only has a powerful brain, but also a passion to defeat children’s cancer (and he’s pretty good at playing the drums). His …

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Joyce Saunders, Sidekick

A Grandmother on a Mission to Make a Difference: Joyce Saunders’ Sidekick Story

It’s not easy traveling back and forth over 259 miles between Maryland and North Carolina. It’s even harder knowing that you’re going to see your youngest granddaughter in the hospital for cancer treatment. But that’s exactly what Joyce Saunders did after her 2-year-old granddaughter Eve was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms tumor in October 2009. “The …

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Deja Hebron

When My Daughter’s Doctors Mentioned the Word ‘Cancer’

Written by Mandy Moxley. My daughter, Deja, was born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Her childhood was never “normal,” but it was unique and she spent it with her family. She was a sassy daddy’s girl and she made sure everyone was aware of this. Deja had a life full of biopsies, multiple ultrasounds, X-rays …

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Kurt Penney

Ultimate Hiker Kurt Penney Takes on a Big Challenge for a Small (But Strong) Girl

You don’t often see a retired grandfather of three hang-gliding over Rio de Janeiro, but that’s exactly what Kurt Penney did back in 2011. In fact, that’s just one of the many outdoor adventures he and his family have tackled over the years. This year he’ll be adding “hiking 28.3 miles in one day” to …

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Matt Kabel & Sally

What You Don’t Know About the Toughest of Cancer Dads

Written by Matt Kabel. As a childhood cancer parent vet (we’ve been at this for 19 months, so I guess that makes us veterans), I’ve seen countless fathers rise to the challenge of being Cancer Dads – whether that’s cleaning up vomit or stools, holding a vomit bucket while your child endlessly empties their insides, …

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