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December Newsletter 2018

December 28, 2018


Good News from 2018!

Cured and a Scholarship to College

Destiny was 12 when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. After grueling treatment, she was told she was cancer free on April 20, 2011. This year, on April 20, Destiny found out she won a $5,000 college scholarship from Northwestern Mutual. She hasn’t settled on a career, but is considering going into oncology research to help develop better treatments. To hear more of Destiny’s story, click here.

Click here to apply for a 2019 scholarship
survivors’ and sibs’ scholarships available

Celebrities + Great Food = 1.5 Million for Research

Thanks to all of the celebrities, chefs, and foodies who raised $1.5 million for childhood cancer research. Regulars at the event such as Jimmy Kimmel and Phil Rosenthal were joined by Jason Bateman, Kirsten Vangsness, Timothy Olyphant, Rebecca Metz, and Shiri Appleby. And huge thanks to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation who made it all happen! For more information, read the Variety article here.

Photo credit: Abimages 2018

Leukemia Survivor Now a Doctor

When Joshua Giambattista was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was cancer-free after 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy — oral, intravenous, intramuscular, and through his spine — but cancer still plays a role in his life. Now 31, Joshua is a radiation oncologist at the same hospital where he received treatments decades ago. And he is also a new father––his son Enzo was born in June. For more of Joshua’s story, click here.

Photo credit: Brandon Harder / Regina Leader-Post

They Met During Treatment and Married Two Decades Later

Lindsey Wilkerson and Joel Alsup were married Sept. 1 at the Danny Thomas/Alsac Pavilion at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. They met while they were patients at the hospital when they were children — she was 12 and he was 13. “I remember having a huge crush on him as kids,” she said. He liked her as well, “but I was an extremely shy 13-year-old who was afraid to talk to her.” “Remember, I liked him first,” she said, laughing. “So the ball had been in his court for nearly 25 years.” Learn more of their story here.

Photo credit: Houston Cofield

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