This week’s MomCo Mom On A Mission is mom who believes there is a cure for cancer. Heather DeBruin has teamed up with John and Kate Welbourn to form Wade’s Army and change the landscape for neuroblastoma (a pediatric cancer) treatment and to provide financial support for families currently going through that treatment.
Cancer is a word everyone knows and no one wants to hear. Most people have heard of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer but neuroblastoma, on the other hand, is mysterious to many. Wade’s Army wants to change that because we believe that the only way to conquer this extremely aggressive childhood cancer is to give it a name and provide the most advanced and cutting edge therapies. When traditional treatment options for neuroblastoma such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiation fail there is an unacceptably low survival rate. Wade’s Army believes that neuroblastoma is curable but not through one single approach. Our goal is to raise money to selectively fund new and innovative treatments. We believe there is a funding gap for pediatric cancer research and therefore we are committed to funding phase 1 clinical trials that often go underfunded. We are interested in experimental therapies that push the boundaries. We want more from research, more from the hospitals and we want to see treatments that not just prolong life but offer novel approaches that make survivorship a priority.
My son. My husband’s boy. My daughter’s twin. My oldest daughter’s little brother. My youngest son’s big brother. … Our angel, Wadie Pie. We continue his battle in hopes that every other child diagnosed with neuroblastoma has a surviving chance against this devastating disease.
Wade passed away on November 12, 2011 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital after a 6 month battle with neuroblastoma. He was only two. Every day, we miss his unicorn laugh, devilish smile and energy.
Honestly, my advice is to invest as much time in your relationship with your partner as you do in parenting. When a family is defined by a traumatic experience things can easily fall apart. We are a happy family, but we work hard at being true to ourselves, loving each other, and sharing experiences.
Join the fight:
We encourage you to not only contribute to Wade’s fight against neuroblastoma, but also join Wade’s Army in the CrossFit Football workout dedicated to Wade on November 12, 2015. Create a team, train for the WOD and be the change.
Steps to creating a Team Campaign Fundraiser:
Visit wadesarmy.org and go to “our campaign”.
Click ‘Become Fundraiser’ and create your own personal Fundraising Page.
Click Create a Team or Join a Team.
Upload a photo and choose a team name to represent your crew.
Once your Team Campaign Page is created, others will be able to join your team or make contributions.
Make a contribution and claim your uniform.
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