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2016 Chloe’s Cause Scholarship Winner

Valerie Greisman is a 2016 graduate of Howard High School with a GPA of 4.33. Valerie was very active as a Scholar Athlete making Gold Honor Roll all 4 years of HS. She was Senior Captain, and 2015 MVP for her Volleyball team. ...

2015 Chloe’s Cause Scholarship Winner

Megan Lynch receives a scholarship check for $1,000 from Mike Hume, Vice President of Chloe’s Cause (also pictured are her parents). Megan is not only a great student, but her work as a Best Buddies member of South River High School is exceptional....

Helping Kids with Down Syndrome, One Step at a Time

Every spring, Chloe’s Cause puts on our running shoes and tackles the Believe in Tomorrow Port To Fort 6K. This fantastic event raises funds to help house families near hospitals where their children are being treated for cancer. Chloe’s Cause has provided over $16,000 to Believe in Tomorrow to support other families with cancer. These dollars help families in need live rent free at the house during their children’s cancer treatments. [vc_gallery type="flexslider_fade" interval="3" images="17374,17375,17377,17378" onclick="link_image" custom_links_target="_self" column_number="2" grayscale="no" choose_frame="default"] “We support Believe in Tomorrow because they were there when Chloe was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemi (AML) a form of cancer”, stated Dean Coccia, Chloe’s father. He continued, “Believe in Tomorrow provided a home for our family close to Johns Hopkins while Chloe was being treated for cancer. When your little girl is in the hospital, you’d sleep on a street bench to be close to her. Luckily, Believe in Tomorrow gave us a residence near the hospital asking nothing in return.” Cancer in Down Syndrome patience? What’s the connection? Apparently, it is more common than most realize. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Children with Down syndrome are up to 20 times more likely to develop leukemia than the general population.” The good news is they have a significantly higher chance of recovery. Most research suggests that it is likely due to the extra copy of chromosome 21, which appears to interfere with the cancer’s ability to replicate. Dr Rohit Gulati (Chloe’s Cause Board Member), Mary Ann Davis (Vice President, Believe in Tomorrow), and Brian Morris (President, Believe in Tomorrow), Tony Davenport (President, Chloe’s Cause). More information on Believe In Tomorrow More information on Cancer In Down Syndrome National Cancer Institute National Down Syndrome Society Dana Farber Cancer Institute Nature Journal of Science...

Chloe’s Cause Helps to End the “R” Word

“An amazing thing can happen when hundreds of students get together make a difference”, stated Gina Davenport, Assistant Principal of Old Mill High School. Hundreds of Hands Represent Commitment to ending the “R” word at Old Mill High School Today, Chloe’s Cause sponsored an “End the Word” campaign at Old Mill High School. Students were asked to make a pledge to not using the word “retard” or variations of this word. To symbolize respect for all students, they painted their hand print on a mural dedicated to disability awareness. “Having hundreds of hand print on a wall outside of our media center is a very outward sign to the student body that the ‘R’ word is not acceptable”, stated Gina Davenport, Assistant Principal. “Students see the hand prints as they walk the halls, friends point out their hands, and begin to explain why it is important to create respect in the community. Conversations like this impact the whole school culture.” Hand Prints show the Commitment of Old Mill High School Students to ending the “R” word. This project was originally proposed by the Best Buddies Chapter President Samantha Swingle, a senior at Old Mill. Samantha said in a speech to her peers, “being involved in Best Buddies has not just been great for the students with disabilities, it has taught me important things too.” This Best Buddies chapter was started in the Fall of 2013 through a sponsorship by Chloe’s Cause. Chloe’s Cause is committed to helping children and families with Down Syndrome. The Best Buddies program pairs kids with disabilities with non-disabled peers to help them foster a respectful and genuine relationship. “Buddy Pairs” are encouraged to attend fun events (movies, sporting events, dances, etc,) so that both members can learn to respect one another. Ann Stephanos, Chloe’s Cause board member participated in this...