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Rally Kid Keren’s Future Is Bright

Rally Kid Keren’s Future Is Bright

Childhood cancer doesn’t just affect childhood. The effects of fighting cancer can last a lifetime. When you give to Rally, you help kids like Keren continue to thrive—despite challenges they may face after their battle. Throughout her childhood cancer journey, Keren’s personal motto has been “let your light shine.” Keren and her family shared their story with us last December, and we recently checked in to see how things have changed for them over the past year. Now a seventh grader, Keren started a new school this fall. She is very happy with the academic and social environment, and she has even begun learning computer coding! Keren enjoyed swimming competitively prior to cancer. Since finishing treatment and becoming more comfortable with her prosthetic, she has gradually resumed physical activities. She does occasionally struggle with the fit of her prosthetic and injuries from...

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Rally Kids Maylee & Kiki: #FORTHEIRFUTURE Of Friendship

Rally Kids Maylee & Kiki: #FORTHEIRFUTURE Of Friendship

When you give to Rally, you aren’t just funding research—you are funding childhoods. You’re giving kids the chance to experience life, form lasting friendships and shape their futures. Maylee was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when she was 3 years old. She underwent seven months of aggressive chemotherapy and remained in remission for two years. Unfortunately, Maylee relapsed and had to endure more harsh treatments. Maylee is now 8 years old and cancer-free, but she struggles with complications from her bone marrow transplant and graft versus host disease. Kiki was only a toddler when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She was enrolled in a clinical trial with an additional chemotherapy drug, so her treatment lasted longer than the standard two-and-a-half-year protocol. Now just 5 five years old, Kiki is already experiencing treatment-related...

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Rally Kid Danielle is Looking to the Future

Rally Kid Danielle is Looking to the Future

When you give to Rally, you help kids like Danielle see a future beyond cancer. A future where they can grow up, go to college and make a difference for others. A future where they can achieve their dreams. Prior to her cancer battle, Danielle was a healthy, active child who enjoyed basketball and gymnastics. She had only been sick twice in seven years before she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). For Danielle’s family, life will always be defined as “before cancer” and “after cancer”. Danielle was “lucky” to only spend 59 nights in the hospital during her two and a half years of treatment. Overall, she saw the hospital and the outpatient clinic as a happy place—a place to go see her friends. The nurses and fellow patients served as Danielle’s social life, which had been taken away by cancer. Cancer didn’t just steal childhood experiences from Danielle. Her older...

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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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Meet Rally Kid Lex: A Fun-Loving 11-Year-Old Who’s Fighting Blood Cancer

Meet Rally Kid Lex: A Fun-Loving 11-Year-Old Who’s Fighting Blood Cancer

There’s no way around it: Childhood cancer is sneaky, and it happens unexpectedly. Symptoms can be mild and are often confused with other common ailments like colds, growing pains or headaches. For Rally Kid Lex, it all started with a couple of those “common” symptoms: tiredness and a lack of appetite. It was August, and Lex had just started the new school year. His parents naturally assumed that he was simply getting acclimated to the full days at school, followed by play practice. Despite the long days, he had little appetite and often wouldn’t be able to eat his dinner. “It was always in the back of my head that something was off,” shared Lex’s mom, Ashley. “I knew it in my heart.” Not long after, Lex woke up in the middle of the night screaming in pain that radiated throughout his leg. Mom had a hunch that these weren’t normal growing pains, and off to the ER they went. As a...

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National Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day

National Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day

WRITTEN BY RALLY MOM EMILY Lucy was born on November 13, 2015 in Roswell, GA at North Fulton Hospital. I had a normal pregnancy and a textbook delivery. Lucy was the fourth and final beautiful baby girl to complete our family. She was a perfectly healthy child with no sign of illness, until a few weeks after her 4th birthday in Fall 2019. Lucy’s symptoms first presented as a low-grade fever and a stiff neck. Her first visit to the ER was December 1, 2019 and she was diagnosed with a strained neck, called torticollis. After a few sleepless nights and periods of neck and arm spasms, we ended up back in the ER. My husband, Jonathan, and I explained our neurological concerns and insisted that the doctor watch her walk across the room—something she could barely do. She was off-balance and her muscles were weak. We ended up discharged with a muscle relaxer for Lucy’s neck muscles. The...

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Rally Kid Keren’s Future Is Bright

Rally Kid Keren’s Future Is Bright

Childhood cancer doesn’t just affect childhood. The effects of fighting cancer can last a lifetime. When you give to Rally, you help kids like Keren continue to thrive—despite challenges they may face after their battle. Throughout her childhood cancer journey, Keren’s personal motto has been “let your light shine.” Keren and her family shared their story with us last December, and we recently checked in to see how things have changed for them over the past year. Now a seventh grader, Keren...

read more
Rally Kids Maylee & Kiki: #FORTHEIRFUTURE Of Friendship

Rally Kids Maylee & Kiki: #FORTHEIRFUTURE Of Friendship

When you give to Rally, you aren’t just funding research—you are funding childhoods. You’re giving kids the chance to experience life, form lasting friendships and shape their futures. Maylee was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when she was 3 years old. She underwent seven months of aggressive chemotherapy and remained in remission for two years. Unfortunately, Maylee relapsed and had to endure more harsh treatments. Maylee is now 8 years old and cancer-free, but she...

read more
Rally Kid Danielle is Looking to the Future

Rally Kid Danielle is Looking to the Future

When you give to Rally, you help kids like Danielle see a future beyond cancer. A future where they can grow up, go to college and make a difference for others. A future where they can achieve their dreams. Prior to her cancer battle, Danielle was a healthy, active child who enjoyed basketball and gymnastics. She had only been sick twice in seven years before she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). For Danielle’s family, life will always be defined as “before cancer” and...

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...

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Meet Rally Kid Lex: A Fun-Loving 11-Year-Old Who’s Fighting Blood Cancer

Meet Rally Kid Lex: A Fun-Loving 11-Year-Old Who’s Fighting Blood Cancer

There’s no way around it: Childhood cancer is sneaky, and it happens unexpectedly. Symptoms can be mild and are often confused with other common ailments like colds, growing pains or headaches. For Rally Kid Lex, it all started with a couple of those “common” symptoms: tiredness and a lack of appetite. It was August, and Lex had just started the new school year. His parents naturally assumed that he was simply getting acclimated to the full days at school, followed by play practice. Despite...

read more
National Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day

National Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day

WRITTEN BY RALLY MOM EMILY Lucy was born on November 13, 2015 in Roswell, GA at North Fulton Hospital. I had a normal pregnancy and a textbook delivery. Lucy was the fourth and final beautiful baby girl to complete our family. She was a perfectly healthy child with no sign of illness, until a few weeks after her 4th birthday in Fall 2019. Lucy’s symptoms first presented as a low-grade fever and a stiff neck. Her first visit to the ER was December 1, 2019 and she was diagnosed with a strained...

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