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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a time to shine the light on the realities of childhood cancer, emphasize the importance of life-saving research, and join together to make a difference for children diagnosed.

“Our son, Tiago, was just 2 years old when we learned he had stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. His tiny body was filled with cancer cells and he was weeks — if not days — from death.

At the time, kids like Tiago who received standard treatment had less than a 50% chance of living for three years. But Dr. Julie Park, (a world-renowned neuroblastoma specialist and medical director of Seattle Children’s Immunotherapy Coordinating Center), developed a new treatment approach that significantly improved the survival rate for neuroblastoma patients.

Knowing that the numbers were on our side gave us hope. We went from thinking our son was going to die to believing he could be cured.

We received financial aid through uncompensated care and were assured we would never have to worry about paying for Tiago’s treatment. A weight was lifted off our shoulders.

Tiago has now been cancer-free for almost three years — which means his cancer is likely gone for good. Today, when I see him playing baseball, I almost forget he had cancer.”

— Conan, Tiago’s dad

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