Our 2018-2019 Patient Heroes!
Kennedy is a nine year old from Las Vegas, Nevada and was diagnosed just before her third birthday with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After losing her hair during chemotherapy, Kennedy decided to put temporary tattoos all over her head. We think it was her way of showing cancer that she was stronger than it was! Today, Kennedy is in remission and loves playing softball, cheerleading and dancing.
Andrew is a 14-year-old from Landenberg, PA and he was diagnosed in February 2016 with ALL. He’s currently in the maintenance phase of his treatment and doing well. When Andrew was diagnosed, their family received a surprise on their doorstep, a stray cat, whom they adopted and named Eve. Eve has become Andrew’s companion and provides comfort to him on tough days. The photo below is from September 2018 when Andrew, his younger sister Kiran and his parents went to Denmark to visit Lego Headquarters and learn the engineering behind his favorite hobby and dream career: to be a Lego engineer. When he’s not at school, you’ll find Andrew playing video games, watching Stranger Things or designing with Legos.
Cruz is a 10 year old from West Chester, PA. He was diagnosed in March 2015 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He received chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant which helped put him in remission for the last 3.5, almost 4 years. Cruz has been a big supporter of his school's Pennies for Patients campaign each year, and is excited to be a member of the hero squad this year. While Cruz may only be 11, he knows that supporting campaigns like Pennies for Patients is important because he doesn’t want any other kids to have to go through what we did. He wants to make a difference every day. Some of his favorite things to do are play travel baseball, go hunting & fishing, play video games and doing painting/art projects. His role model is Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Cruz has an awesome attitude no matter the obstacle and can always be counted on for a laugh.
Patrick is our hero from Abington, PA. He was diagnosed with ALL in July 2017 and this past summer, celebrated one year of treatment completed and on to the maintenance phase which is more tolerable and allows him to be back in school. He’s in 4th grade and turned 10 in October. Patrick is the middle child in his family, with a younger sister Emma and older brother Jacob. Patrick was honored in December at a Philadelphia 76ers game where he received a special jersey and got to stand on the court and be on the Jumbotron. He was so excited that he even dabbed a few times. He enjoys country music, playing Roblox & Splatoon and you can catch him at the beach over summer break. Patrick wants other kids to know that while it can be scary to go through leukemia, listening to your doctors is really important. He’s proven he’s stronger than he thought and doing well in this phase of treatment.
Our youngest hero this year, Riley, is from the same hometown as Hero Andrew. She lives in Landenberg, PA and is a 1st grader. Riley turned 7 in October and enjoys being the big sister to two younger brothers – Oliver & Sawyer. Riley was diagnosed in March 2018 and is currently in treatment for ALL. In the summer, you can find her swimming with friends or playing outside. She loves mac & cheese, cows and hopes to be a singer or a teacher when she grows up. Riley’s dog, meatball, has been a great pal to her and Riley loves Meatball a little more because he looks just like a cow!