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A mother and son, both battling cancer, recently used Reminderband keychains to boost morale and show appreciation for their support team.

Kristen Worthington and her 14-year-old son, Nikko, were both diagnosed with cancer in 2017, just four months apart. Kristen has stage 2a Breast Cancer and Nikko has stage 4, level 4 high-risk Rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer.

Kristen and Nikko do their best to help each other stay positive and strong and find beauty in the people around them who are helping them on their journey.  

They are using keychains they created through Reminderband as small tokens of appreciation to all those supporting them and to help them during their battles.

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In Kristen’s words:

“Nikko and I are continuing to work on healing… in many ways. We are trying to get stronger and are spending time finding a new ‘normal.’  

“A difficult diagnosis of any kind, not just cancer, damages your soul as well as your body. Hearing all the difficult statistics, side effects and prognosis, knowing what tasks you have to go through daily or watching your loved one suffer… hoping for a reprieve of some kind —even a small one. The trauma you experience tears holes in your heart and soul.

“One of the ways we healed is by looking to the kindness that surrounded us: the compassion of the nurses and doctors and staff at the hospital, the compassion of family and friends, the compassion of complete strangers.

“Now that we have completed treatment, we are still working on helping our bodies heal. We are also still trying to help the deep wounds in our souls to heal.

“For two weeks in July, thanks to some very kind people, we were able to go a long way to healing our souls.   At Nikko’s request, we [our family] took a road trip around six western states. And it was magical and healing and beautiful in so many ways; from seeing fireworks over San Francisco Bay on the 4th, to Monterey, LA, Disneyland, and Vegas. So many new experiences, smiles, hugs, walks down memory lane, laughter, happy tears, and more hugs.  

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“We are beyond thankful, not only for the opportunity but also for our improved health that allowed us to go and be free from care for a couple weeks.
We will treasure the memories for a lifetime.”
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You can support Kristen and Nikko here:

https://www.gofundme.com/WorthingtonFamilyHealingFund
https://m.facebook.com/Worthingtonstrong/

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Canines-n-Kids used Reminderband wristbands as a giveaway to participants at their “Paws for a Cure Summit” last summer in Washington, DC, and at their first annual “Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer” in October of 2017, in Brambleton, VA.

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Man’s Best Friend Is A Kid’s Best Friend in Cancer
Most people don’t realize that both children and dogs develop several cancers in common including bone cancer, brain cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Canines-N-Kids Foundation states:  “16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year.  With only three new kids’ cancer drugs in 20 years, there is little money behind new drugs; only 4% of NIH’s budget goes to pediatric oncology.  Some 4,000,000 dogs in the US are diagnosed with cancer. 50% of all dogs over the age of ten die from their disease and treatment options are limited for man’s best friend.”

Through treating cancer in dogs, we can better learn how to help children with those same cancers.  A cure for one aids in curing the other.

Learn more about a kids’ best friend in cancer and about efforts to raise awareness and funds at www.caninesnkids.org.

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At the start of 2018, six-year-old Nixon Whatcott was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  He had been complaining that his leg hurt for a couple of weeks. Doctors performed an x-ray where they found tumors in his femur. Further tests at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah showed the tumors were malignant and had spread to his lungs. Osteosarcoma is a very rare and aggressive cancer. Nixon started aggressive chemotherapy that lasted 10 weeks, at which point they did additional tests and scans to evaluate what the next step would be in his treatment.

Nixon’s father, Nick Whatcott, said:  “Nixon is a fighter, he is strong, and if anyone can beat this it will be him! This boy is fighting for his life.  [Our] family is overwhelmed by the love and outreach we have received and continue to receive! [We] have an army of support here and an army of angels above!  Nick’s Facebook page is available to give family and friends updates as he takes on this beast and punches it in the face!”

Nixon’s family is using Reminderband wristbands to raise money for Nixon’s treatment and other expenses.

Additional Information on Childhood Cancer

“Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States.  Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer and the average age of diagnosis is 6. Cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups and more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.”  (https://curesearch.org/Incidence-Rates-Over-Time)

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Did you know that kids and dogs develop several cancers in common including bone cancer, brain cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia?
16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year – with only 3 new kids cancer drugs in 20 years, there is little money behind new drugs- only 4% of NIH’s budget goes to pediatric oncology.
Some 4,000,000 dogs in the US are diagnosed with cancer; 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 die from their disease, and treatment options are limited for man’s best friend.

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Canines-N-Kids has made a unique practice of partnering the two. Treating and researching cancer in dogs can help us to treat children with the same cancers, furthering the effort in the fight against cancer, and developing better treatment options.

The organization will be using wristbands as a giveaway for their “Paws for a Cure Summit” which will be held June 12th in Washington, DC, as well as for their first annual “Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer” on October 1st, in Brambleton, VA. They eventually hope to offer them for purchase on their website. The bands feature their unique design and logo and will help share their message and raise awareness.

Reminderband is happy to feature this awesome organization and their cause.

To find out more, take a look at www.caninesnkids.org or find them on Facebook.

 

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Abri was just eight years old when she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, on September 4, 2015. After a year of brutal treatment and limb salvage surgery, she is now six months in remission.

 

The folks behind supporting Abri, her Team Abri facebook page, and others affected by childhood cancer have designed their very own wristband to spread Abri’s message. This band shares the prayer that she prays every night:

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We love Abri’s message and we wish her and all others facing the devastation of childhood cancer the best of luck!

To learn more about Abri’s story and about others who are battling cancer, head over to their facebook page, here. If you have your own cancer support organization, page, or group, take a look at our resources for all the cancer types and wristbands to find the perfect bracelet or keychain for your cause.

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Until next time!

 

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