“My diagnosis isolated me from my peers since I could not attend school or hang out with friends,” said Gwen. “It disrupted how my family and I lived our daily lives and separated us during the holidays.”
But in 2018, Gwen received a life-saving bone marrow transplant at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Hope & Heroes was there every step of the way, helping her receive the best possible treatment to ensure the best outcome. “Hope & Heroes made sure my family and I were knowledgeable during each phase of my treatment,” she stated.
Gwen remembered how easy it was to get overwhelmed with so much important yet scary information during her cancer journey. For kids facing a similar situation, “take it one day at a time,” she noted. “Try to do something you enjoy every day.”
Hope & Heroes recently held its 12th Annual Walk for childhood cancer. As the captain of Team Gwen, Gwen enjoys coming to this event and seeing teams and volunteers unite to support patients and Hope & Heroes. “I always want to be a part of an organization that does so much good work.”
September is National Blood Cancer Month, and it’s the perfect time to join Hope & Heroes in raising awareness and support to help local children and families. Fundraising for the annual walk continues throughout the month. Consider donating to Team Gwen or any of our amazing Walk Teams. You can also contribute directly to Hope & Heroes.