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How Rally Kid Lex Stays Positive While Battling Cancer During a Global Pandemic

How Rally Kid Lex Stays Positive While Battling Cancer During a Global Pandemic

What’s it like to be battling childhood cancer during a global pandemic? For Rally Kid Lex, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges that no one was expecting. Cancer treatment was already hard enough—now Lex, along with countless other immunocompromised kids, has to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick. Why? Cancer treatment suppresses the body’s immune system, making kids like Lex more vulnerable to catching illnesses and making it more difficult for them to recover as well. These extra precautions haven’t been easy on Lex or his family. “When Lex was first diagnosed, we had the support of the community,” shared Lex’s mom, Ashley. “They would bring us meals and visit Lex, but when COVID hit, all of that stopped because we just didn’t know what was safe and what wasn’t.” The concept of social distancing...

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Rushing to Beat Childhood Cancer

Rushing to Beat Childhood Cancer

It takes a village to beat childhood cancer and anyone, anywhere, can make a difference in the fight against the #1 disease killer of children in our country. From simple Facebook fundraisers to outside-the-box ideas, Rally will help you get started! Griffin Caldwell dedicated his 2019 football season to raise funds for Rally in honor of Rally Kid Lex, an 11-year-old who is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Below Griffin shares his experience. He hopes to inspire you to set up your own Facebook fundraiser for Giving Tuesday, when your donations will be doubled! Last football season, I dedicated my rushing yards to raise money for Rally Foundation in honor of Rally Kid Lex. Lex is a great kid and a friend of my younger brother.   When I first learned of Lex’s leukemia diagnosis, I wanted to do something to help. Being able to give back while doing something I love—playing...

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A Letter from Elaine

A Letter from Elaine

It’s been fifteen and a half years since a malignant tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed from the left kidney of our son, James. The feelings of despair and the fear of losing our eleven-year-old constantly gnawed at our hearts. Every time I meet a parent of a child faced with cancer, I empathize deeply with them. As James’s treatment progressed, we muddled through the pains and disruption of surgeries, tests and multiple days and nights in the hospital. It dawned on us that, while this chapter in our lives was difficult, there were many families on the oncology floor going through much worse. First, James had the benefit of being a part of a research trial, which gave us added hope that he could beat this dreadful disease. Many parents are told the only protocol available for their child is the same old treatment that has been around for decades. (Childhood cancer research is...

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A Letter from Sophie

A Letter from Sophie

ANYONE can make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer—just ask Sophie! Read about her creative fundraising efforts below.   You, too, can join the fight against childhood cancer. Just click the button to learn more!Help Us Rally

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The Gift of Tomorrow

The Gift of Tomorrow

By June Gossling The gift of tomorrow. This phrase echoes in my mind as I attempt to put thoughts to paper about this week’s Giving Tuesday Now. My husband, Michael, and I are often given the opportunity to share with others the story of our son, Grant, who battled neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. The research grant that Rally is trying to fund today has special meaning to us. Just a few days ago we were able to share Grant’s story via Zoom with a team of researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It is always a joyous call to let a scientist know that their ideas, their research, their hopes for the future of childhood cancer are being funded. Rally’s fiscal year has just closed and although over $3 million of research is being funded, there are researchers with incredible scores who received notice that, even though their project scored well, Rally did...

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The CARES Act: Great News for Taxpayers and Charitable Donations

The CARES Act: Great News for Taxpayers and Charitable Donations

Our world has been turned upside down in 2020. The spread of COVID-19 has brought about feelings of fear, worry and uncertainty throughout the world—especially in those who are immunocompromised, like our precious Rally Kids. These children and their parents already know what it’s like to live in fear of getting sick. Sanitizing every surface, homeschooling, wearing gloves and masks in public, and next-level hand-washing are just a handful of the precautions these kids take on a regular basis. Now, we must all do the same to protect not only our Rally Kids but other at-risk populations as well. Despite the unknowns that lie ahead, we received a bit of good news on Friday, March 27 when it was announced that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. For nonprofits, the $2 trillion economic stimulus package will...

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How Rally Kid Lex Stays Positive While Battling Cancer During a Global Pandemic

How Rally Kid Lex Stays Positive While Battling Cancer During a Global Pandemic

What’s it like to be battling childhood cancer during a global pandemic? For Rally Kid Lex, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges that no one was expecting. Cancer treatment was already hard enough—now Lex, along with countless other immunocompromised kids, has to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick. Why? Cancer treatment suppresses the body’s immune system, making kids like Lex more vulnerable to catching...

read more
Rushing to Beat Childhood Cancer

Rushing to Beat Childhood Cancer

It takes a village to beat childhood cancer and anyone, anywhere, can make a difference in the fight against the #1 disease killer of children in our country. From simple Facebook fundraisers to outside-the-box ideas, Rally will help you get started! Griffin Caldwell dedicated his 2019 football season to raise funds for Rally in honor of Rally Kid Lex, an 11-year-old who is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Below Griffin shares his experience. He hopes to inspire you to set up your...

read more
A Letter from Elaine

A Letter from Elaine

It’s been fifteen and a half years since a malignant tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed from the left kidney of our son, James. The feelings of despair and the fear of losing our eleven-year-old constantly gnawed at our hearts. Every time I meet a parent of a child faced with cancer, I empathize deeply with them. As James’s treatment progressed, we muddled through the pains and disruption of surgeries, tests and multiple days and nights in the hospital. It dawned on us that, while this...

read more
A Letter from Sophie

A Letter from Sophie

ANYONE can make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer—just ask Sophie! Read about her creative fundraising efforts below.   You, too, can join the fight against childhood cancer. Just click the button to learn more!Help Us Rally

read more
The Gift of Tomorrow

The Gift of Tomorrow

By June Gossling The gift of tomorrow. This phrase echoes in my mind as I attempt to put thoughts to paper about this week’s Giving Tuesday Now. My husband, Michael, and I are often given the opportunity to share with others the story of our son, Grant, who battled neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. The research grant that Rally is trying to fund today has special meaning to us. Just a few days ago we were able to share Grant’s story via Zoom with a team of researchers from...

read more
The CARES Act: Great News for Taxpayers and Charitable Donations

The CARES Act: Great News for Taxpayers and Charitable Donations

Our world has been turned upside down in 2020. The spread of COVID-19 has brought about feelings of fear, worry and uncertainty throughout the world—especially in those who are immunocompromised, like our precious Rally Kids. These children and their parents already know what it’s like to live in fear of getting sick. Sanitizing every surface, homeschooling, wearing gloves and masks in public, and next-level hand-washing are just a handful of the precautions these kids take on a regular basis....

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