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Meet Our Ambassadors

Patient Ambassadors of the Parkway Run & Walk have a big job to do. It's up to them to represent the thousands of children diagnosed with pediatric cancers each year. As they share their stories, they help the world understand what childhood cancer takes away,Chapman Auto Stores and why it's worth supporting institutions like The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This year's Parkway Run & Walk Ambassador pages are proudly presented by the Chapman Auto Stores.

Aaron

It was August 2015, and 17-year-old Aaron was looking forward to starting his senior year in high school. One evening, he experienced an intense headache and then fainted. An MRI at CHOP revealed two brain tumors.

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Aaron

 

Abby

When Abby was a toddler, she was diagnosed with a disorder that causes tumors. Her first MRI showed aggressive glioma of the optic pathway, and when she was 8, a routine MRI revealed a tumor in her brain.

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Abby

 

Anthony

An unusual lump on his head marked the beginning of Anthony's ordeal. Then came a cancer diagnosis, 14 rounds of chemotherapy and weeks in the hospital.

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Anthony

 

Catrina

Catrina felt a lump in her jaw. Already veterans of pediatric cancer, she and her mom, Luanne, were quick to act. After a flurry of appointments with dentists and oral surgeons, and finally a reunion with the oncology team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, they had an answer.

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Catrina

 

Conall

An "imperfect storm" of a strep infection combined with acute lymphoblastic leukemia put Conall into septic shock in March 2015. The many complications he experienced required the amputation of both legs below the knee, and much more.

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Conall

 

Emily

Emily ended up at her pediatrician because of a cold. A few days later, her family was coping with something much more serious - a cancer diagnosis.

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Emily

 

Hannah

Hannah's debilitating back pain brought her to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was diagnosed with hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant.

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Hannah

 

Jaiden

9-year-old Jaiden loves playing basketball and never missed a practice, let alone a game. So in January, when he wasn’t up for playing, his mom knew something was very wrong. She was right. A chest X-ray at CHOP revealed a 9.8-centimeter mass on his lung that was touching his heart.

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Jaiden

 

James

James, 17, is all about sports. But a diagnosis of B-cell lymphoma has put him on the sidelines soon after beginning his junior year of high school. Although he couldn’t be as active, James never lost his playful sense of humor.

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James

 

Jaxson

The word that best describes Jaxson, 2, is joyful. “He is a happy, fun, very active and extremely strong little boy,” says his mother, Diana. A brain tumor diagnosis hasn’t changed any of that.

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Jaxson

 

Max

A lingering cold and a strange pattern of leg bruises prompted Max's parents to take him to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where the 4-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and began a long treatment regimen that included 10 hospital stays.

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Max

 

Megan

Megan had leukemia when she was 13 — and when she was 19, it came back. Her treatment included an experimental drug that could be at home with the help of CHOP’s Home Care nurses. She received the drug as part of a clinical trial that will help advance knowledge of cancer treatment options.

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Megan

 

Sydney

Alarm set in over the Fourth of July weekend, when the left side of Sydney's face became paralyzed. It seemed to be a case of Bell’s palsy. When, a month later, the other side of her face became paralyzed, her parents turned to CHOP.

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Sydney