September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 30, 2012 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Patrick Chance and Brennan Simkins. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Patrick and Brennan’s fund.
True friends share each other’s joy and pain, and that couldn’t be more true in the world of childhood cancer. However, when life long friends share the heartbreak of each having their middle son diagnosed with childhood cancer, sharing each other’s fears, heartache, and triumphs takes on a magnified meaning. This is the story of two families touched by equally daunting childhood cancers and our shared fight to save our boys and to be a part of the effort to find the CURE.
Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer provides desperately needed funding for research relating to neuroblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Press On was created by Erin and Stephen Chance after their three-year-old son, Patrick, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2006. The Press On mission was expanded to include AML in 2009 when Tara and Turner Simkins joined forces with the Chances as a result of their son Brennan’s diagnosis with AML on the eve of his seventh birthday.
Patrick completed 34 months of treatment in March 2009 and relapsed in June 2009. Three months after this difficult news Brennan relapsed in September 2009 and again in September 2010. After five years of continuous treatment, Patrick passed away on his ninth birthday, January 9, 2012. Brennan continues to live a full life while battling the side effects of four bone marrow transplants. He is in remission and returned to school this year. He is truly a miracle.
The Chances and Simkins have shared a friendship for practically their entire adult lives. The brutal coincidence of their sons’ battles with these diseases underscores their firm belief that the on going experience “in the trenches” with these kids offers a providential opportunity to help raise money that can be directed to therapies and trials that can make a difference now. From this perspective, their lives will be always changed for the better, aided by true friendship and faith to Press On through any circumstances for a CURE.
The Chances and Simkins have often summoned the will to “press on” (Philippians 3:12-16) during the most difficult days of their war on cancer. You can help all the innocent children fighting neuroblastoma and AML by making a donation to help Press On meet our fundraising goal during CURE’s Kids Conquer Childhood Cancer One Day at a Time.