My son Seth was diagnosed with a rare cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, on November 16, 2016 at the age of 3. Before then, he was a regular child with no medical problems. He has been tested for genetic mutations and has none. His cancer was the result of a random mutation that could happen to any child. He has now completed a year of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation and is in remission. We hope he stays cancer free.
Approximately 15,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year and every year after. Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children, yet only 4% of US federal cancer research money is directed to childhood cancer research.
I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the San Francisco Bay (open water swim) and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. Please support me by sponsoring my swim. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world.
All proceeds that I raise will benefit Team UCSF. Those funds support laboratory based research on childhood cancer to find new treatments and support the survivors program which studies the long term health effects on children like Seth who have undergone radiation and intensive chemotherapy.
Any amount that you can spare will advance the cause but consider donating:
$10 x 14 chemo treatments that Seth bravely endured = $140
To Life! Erin, Steven, Ben and Seth (and Bruno)
It is best to donate online via credit card. If you need to send a check, you can send it to Swim Across America, c/o Anthony DuComb, 1684 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Note that you're sponsoring me)