Dear Friends & Family,
On August 6, 2019 our 2 year old granddaughter, Gabby, was diagnosed with Pediatric Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer in children. She has had several surgeries, many blood transfusions, 14 rounds of chemo and countless trips to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. On April 11, 2020 she completed her last round of chemotherapy and on October 15, 2020 she had a scan showing No Evidence of Disease (NED)! The scans will continue for several years every 3 months but for now, thanks be to God, she is cancer free!
Gabby is now 3 and is settling into childhood again. She is enjoying 3K, playing with her 1 ½ year old sister, Isabela, and her many cousins. She loves Halloween, ghosts and goblins. We are looking forward to celebrating the many holidays this year.
Ewing Sarcoma is a rare cancer that occurs randomly. A tumor forms when a gene translocation occurs causing the cells to grow out of control. Ewing Sarcoma is not hereditary. It tends to occur in bones but can also form in soft tissues, especially the pelvis like in Gabby’s case. It can be aggressive and spread quickly. When spread, the chance of cure is much lower.
Treatment for Ewing Sarcoma is aggressive as well. The chemotherapy that sarcoma children receive came out in 1987 or earlier and has many toxicities. The following are the current chemotherapy drugs used and the year they were discovered.
Only 4% of funding for cancer research goes to pediatric cancer. Our hope is that with more research, a cure can be achieved for more kids and with less side effects. Bob and I are asking you to consider making a tax deductible gift for research in Pediatric Ewing Sarcoma through a local organization, The Spada Sarcoma Foundation. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps. 100% of the funds raised by the foundation will be granted to researchers and institutions developing high-potential therapies for pediatric applications. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 for all those who graciously donate. We are so very blessed and thankful to have Gabby here and doing well. We ask this as our way of making the future brighter for those who may have to endure this journey in the future.
Please go to https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/little-warrior-gabby/valerie-zimbal1 to donate. The Spada Pediatric Sarcoma Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization all tax deductible.
Checks Payable To: The Spada Pediatric Sarcoma Foundation
Mailing Address: Spada Sarcoma Foundation
PO Box 2124
Brookfield WI 53008-2124
For individuals contributing via check, we will issue receipts and letters of acknowledgement by January 31st 2021 for your tax purposes.