07 Aug 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.
“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 patients? 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).
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