Last week we moved with Natasha and Amy’s stories of courage. This week, we shine the spotlight on our San Francisco and North Bay Boy & Girl of the Year.
2013 San Francisco Boy & Girl of the Year
This year’s San Francisco campaign honors two young and courageous survivors of acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) – Sarah, age 11, of Pleasanton and Rhett, age 5, of Corte Madera. After two and a half years of treatment, Sarah is a typical 5th-grader. She enjoys swimming playing softball, cheering on her favorite baseball team (the Giants) and playing with her friends. Rhett is on the tail-end of treatment and his prognosis is good. His cancer cell counts are few and his chemotherapy is less intense. Today, he is back at school and enjoys running and playing just like other preschoolers his age.
2013 North Bay Boy & Girl of the Year
Our inaugural North Bay campaign also honors two children with ALL – Hanna, age 5, of Santa Rosa and Brody, age 3 of Rohnert Park. Both are still undergoing treatment, although Hanna’s official end of treatment is scheduled for March 29, 2013. Hanna loves to play dress up, play with dolls and dance. Brody, on the other hand, is about a year into treatment; he was diagnosed in January 2012. Brody loves to ride his bike and play with trucks and his older brother.
In 1964, a child with leukemia had a three percent chance of survival. Thanks in part to LLS-funded advancements, about 90% of children survive today. You can help us realize that last 10% by attending one of many fundraising events in the Greater Bay Area during the months of April, May and June.
Visit www.mwoy.org/sf often as events will be posted throughout the 10 weeks of competition.