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When the shop-til-you-drop days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, kick off the season of giving on Tuesday, Dec. 3, by participating in #GivingTuesday. This national movement, in which Nemours is a proud partner, encourages donors to make a generous gift to their favorite charity.

About #GivingTuesday

Every year, more than 13,500 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. But only 4 percent of U.S. government funding goes to pediatric cancer research. When you make a contribution on #GivingTuesday, the impact of your generosity will be doubled.

Your contribution to the Nemours Fund for Children's Health during #GivingTuesday will be matched (up to $10,000) by the D.O. Believe Foundation. Your donation will help kids with cancer by advancing life-saving, childhood cancer research at Nemours.

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Funds raised through #GivingTuesday will enable us to help patients like Marissa, pictured above, who bravely shares the story of her battle against childhood cancer. We appreciate your generosity.

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Making a Difference

Children with leukemia, brain tumors and other life-threatening cancers are counting on you.
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Meet the Children Your Gift Helps


When her strep throat would not go away, Addison’s pediatrician ordered a full blood count. At the age of 5, she was diagnosed with Ph+ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the Philadelphia chromosome), a disease very rarely seen in children and whose outlook in adults is seldom good. Today, Addison is in the maintenance phase of her treatment. She receives chemotherapy every six weeks at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville and continues to participate in a clinical trial. Make a Donation »


When 4-year-old Ben started bruising on his legs, back and stomach last summer, his mother knew something was wrong. He was diagnosed with T-cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and started treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando where he receives chemotherapy every week. The Nemours team can vouch that he has not lost his charm and Ben himself will tell you — he’s an awesome 4-year-old and a fighter. His parents are hoping cancer research will one day lead to newer, improved and safer treatments for patients like Ben. Make a Donation »


Meet Cameron. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma that is very rare in children. At the age of 12, Cameron went through chemotherapy, radiation treatment, steroid treatment and two transplants. Unfortunately, she developed a complication from the stem cell transplant; the transplanted stem cells attacked her body. Known as graft-versus-host disease, it can last a lifetime. Today at 17, Cameron takes daily medications to keep the disease at bay. Your #GivingTuesday donation supports childhood cancer research at Nemours so kids like Cameron don’t have to face a lifetime of complications. Make a Donation »


You can’t miss Eilish’s thick and curly strawberry blond hair. Sadly, by the time she was 6 years old, it had fallen out two separate times due to the years of chemotherapy she received to treat her acute lymphocytic leukemia at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville. When you support childhood cancer research on #GivingTuesday, you help Nemours physicians and researchers find more effective, less toxic treatments so perhaps, one day, kids like Eilish won’t lose their hair or these precious childhood years. Make a Donation »


Meet Hayden. This 9-year-old has an old soul. He carries on conversations with adults who seem not to notice his stature or age. Hayden was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia early in 2008. He underwent chemotherapy for three years. Now in fourth grade, Hayden excels in school. This past summer, he was selected as a patient hero to take a ride in a race car. Life is definitely revving up for this bright and busy survivor. Support childhood cancer research at Nemours so more kids like Hayden can get back on track. Make a Donation »


Meet 12-year-old Jackie from Lake Nona in Orlando. She was diagnosed with leukemia six months ago during a routine physical exam. Since that day in June, her parents and brothers have been right at her side during treatments at Nemours Children’s Hospital. She will soon be finished with chemotherapy and will begin her maintenance phase in February. She looks forward to returning to school, her friends and her favorite drama class. Jackie loves to dance and perform on stage. For Jackie and her family, cancer research means the hope of one day finding a cure or better treatment. Make a Donation »


Kathleen battled cancer once when she was 6 years old and survived. At 13, her fight against cancer started all over again when another malignant tumor was found wrapped around her spine, a late effect of the radiation used to treat the first cancer. About three-fifths of cancer patients experience late effects. Childhood cancer research to find less toxic treatments that cause fewer late effects can help decrease that number. Make a Donation »


Marissa was an avid runner who was voted most athletic of her senior class. But two weeks before her high school graduation, Marissa’s world came to a stop when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. A tumor the size of a baseball was wrapped in the bones and nerves of her leg. After 54 weeks of chemotherapy and 28 photon therapy treatments, Marissa was declared cancer-free. Three months later, she ran her first race since being diagnosed with cancer, set a personal record and placed fourth in her age group. Make a Donation »


Two years ago, Matt was fighting for his future. A routine physical exam led to a diagnosis of Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Despite chemotherapy and a dozen spinal taps, he graduated high school on time. Now a physics and engineering major at Shippensburg University, Pa., he wants to help others diagnosed with cancer at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, particularly teenage boys, and has offered to make himself available in person or by Skype to guys who just need to talk. Matt knows — giving back feels good. Make a Donation »


At only 18-months-old, Nicholas was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His treatment included steroids, bone marrow aspiration and chemotherapy. He will now be in the maintenance phase of treatment for two years, returning to the hospital every six weeks for a spinal tap, chemo and steroids. Supporting childhood cancer research means helping kids like Nicholas return to being kids and enjoying a cancer-free childhood. Make a Donation »


Olivia was a healthy child until she was 3. She developed a persistent cough, began vomiting at night, started losing weight and had trouble with her balance and vision. A neurological exam and CAT scan at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., showed Olivia had a malignant brain tumor — a medulloblastoma. She underwent an eight-hour surgery to remove the tumor, and a year of chemotherapy and radiation. Today she is a happy, healthy elementary school student who spends her time at dance school instead of the hospital. Make a Donation »


Meet Tatum. Diagnosed at the age of 2 with high-risk acute lymphocytic leukemia, Tatum endured 28 months of chemotherapy, transfusions and other treatments at Nemours in Orlando. Today she is a healthy, cancer-free 8-year-old. Tatum and her mother Melissa have raised money to help children with cancer by holding an annual “Dogwash,” complete with shampoos, “paw-dicures” and massages. You too can give back just like Tatum and her family. Make a Donation »


Meet Zack, patient and friend of Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville. Diagnosed a year ago with acute lymphocytic leukemia, Zack has two more years of treatment to go. By the time he turns 9, Zack will have spent a third of his young life in treatment. Supporting childhood cancer research means helping researchers find treatments that will protect precious childhood years for kids like Zack. Make a Donation »


Last year while Zoey’s family was enjoying the holidays together, everyone came down with the flu. As the rest of the family started feeling better, Zoey only seemed to be getting sicker. On New Year’s Day, the local hospital’s emergency department sent her by ambulance to Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. Tests revealed she did not have the flu at all. Zoey had acute lymphocytic leukemia and without immediate blood transfusions, she could have died. Nearly a year later, Zoey is in the maintenance phase of treatment. She returns to the hospital every three months for a spinal tap and blood work and will continue to do so until 2015. Supporting childhood cancer research means funding the hope that better, safer treatments can be found. Make a Donation »