Trenton Kindred is no stranger to the hospital. After being diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma when he was only a year old, he began five rounds of chemotherapy, followed by stem cell harvesting and two tandem bone marrow transplants. Countless minor surgeries, infections, sedation, skin rashes, low blood counts and fatigue defined his life. As a result, Trenton ended up living at the hospital for a total of eight months.
But he didn’t let that douse the fighter in him. Even when radiation started – and lasted for twenty-one consecutive days – he fought back. His final treatment came in the form of oral chemotherapy, twice a day for 6 months. His determination, fight and love of life helped him through treatments – to find himself free of cancer. And he has been since 2006.
His parents, Greg and Ginger, hope that Trenton will inspire other childhood cancer patients to live life to the fullest. In the meantime, they’ve taken on the role of raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer through forming the Trenton W. Kindred research fund.
Purpose of the Fund
Proceeds from the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund will be used to support childhood cancer research – supporting the doctors and scientists of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. The Kindreds and their supporters are committed to advancing better treatment for neuroblastoma, and to ultimately find a cure for this aggressive disease.
Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, a nerve network that carries messages from the brain throughout the body. Approximately six hundred children a year are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States. Most children are diagnosed by age five, and up to sixty percent of them have high risk disease that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body) by the time they are diagnosed. These children have about a thirty percent chance of surviving five years. Neuroblastoma remains a significant therapeutic challenge for physicians and researchers. Recent discoveries regarding the genetic make-up of neuroblastoma and newly discovered drugs offer hope for the future, but the dire need for funding limits the ability of researchers to get these new therapies into clinical trials.
How To Donate to the Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund
Click here to donate online and choose the “Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund” in the program section. Your gift will be directed accordingly.
Checks can be made out to CURE Childhood Cancer, with “Trenton W. Kindred Research Fund” written on the notes line. Mail checks to: CURE Childhood Cancer, 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402, Atlanta, GA 30338