Category Archives: Meet the Children

Meet the Children: Maggie Sarbora

Maggie was an energetic and enthusiastic 2 1/2 year old when her parents noticed that she had become very tired. Instead of running around with her friends, she was more content to watch. Her parents took her to her to the doctor where they performed blood work. Much to Maggie’s mother, Stephanie’s, surprise their doctor […]

Meet the Children: Wesley Zablocki

Wesley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) on March 29, 2011, after a chance fall and lucky x-ray. He was immediately thrust into the world of hospitals, doctors and the unknown. His parents had no idea what to expect with the treatments, how he would react or what they would do to their otherwise healthy son. After nine […]

Meet the Children: Cora Johnson

In seventh grade, Cora found a lump in her breast. She and her mother Martha went to the doctor to see what was causing the lump. Cora’s doctors performed an ultrasound, but the results were inconclusive. After another ultrasound her team of doctors determined that she had a tumor. They weren’t sure what type of cancer Cora had, but […]

Meet the Children: Margo Miller

21-month-old Margo Miller hadn’t been herself for weeks. She had a fever on and off, was cranky at daycare, and wasn’t eating well. Her mother, Gina, took her to their pediatrician to see what could be causing her behavior. Her pediatrician couldn’t find anything that could be causing her pain, but suggested that Gina bring […]

Meet the Children: Ashley and Samantha Housel

Life was hectic yet wonderful for the Housel family when identical twins Ashley and Samantha arrived in 2010. It became even more hectic when, shockingly, both twins were diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)in December, 2013. Their cancer journey began when Ashley complained of leg pain. Upon examination, her mom, Monique, saw that the leg was […]

Meet the Children: Luke Crecelius

Michelle and her family were shocked when they found out their 2-year-old son, Luke, had cancer. They received the official diagnosis on August 5, 2013. Their active and loving son had AML. Luke began treatment immediately at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and received 84 doses of chemotherapy during his 114 days at the hospital. Because of his […]

Childhood Cancer Survivor Enters the MMA Arena

Matt Bessette doesn’t remember most of his cancer treatment. He does remember feeling like a human pin cushion, and that his mother always tried to remain positive and let him be a kid. Matt was just 3 when he was diagnosed with leukemiaand spent more a year at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center receiving treatment. After 5 […]