Cleo Athena Theodoropulos' Fundraising Page

Helping teenagers with Cancer
Helping teenagers with Cancer

WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

This image of our late daughter, Cleo Theodoropulos, perfectly captures the exuberant life of a teenager. 

Just getting her driver’s license, her future laid out for her to take. A first real taste of independent life and all of its wonderful possibilities. Then a dreadful cancer diagnosis. The promise and expectation of a future evaporate. Months on end in a cancer ward, that is the new reality.

My daughter had Ewing's Sarcoma, and she died shortly after diagnosis. Other kids will put on a protracted fight. There are limited innovative, advanced therapies for these solid tumor cancers, and the treatment regime is brutal: Chemo cocktail, surgery and radiation. The fight for daily survival is on. Truly heartbreaking.

These teens with cancer are not only physiologically damaged, but they are also devastated psychologically. Teens often feel too old for the pediatric clinic and its playroom, but too young for an adult clinic alongside people their parents’ and grandparents’ age. They can feel isolated and face a unique set of challenges in the way that cancer can disrupt their lives, change their relationships with family and peers, and affect their plans for college and career. On top of this is the fact that the types of cancers afflicting teens are biologically different than those affecting babies or adults; they are difficult to treat; and, are an underfunded area of research due to small patient population size.

Leading oncologists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Hospital are aiming to address many of these issues by establishing The Center for Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology (CAYAO), bringing together medical and psychosocial providers across Dana-Farber’s pediatric and medical oncology teams in a first-of-its-kind formalized way to provide more integrated, developmentally-appropriate care to this population.

Help me to make this Center a reality by making a contribution to the CAYAO.

 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$23,169
Goal:$0
1team member

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS

C = Team Captain
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AMOUNT RAISED
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THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Event Honor Roll
Alex Theodoropulos
$250
Anonymous
Anonymous
$1,000
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
Belmont High School Car Enthusiasts Club
$1,004
BHS Boys Hockey Team in memory of Cleo
$1,626
Dr. Bob Terbrueggen
$1,000
Dr. Thomas Deisboeck
$500
Ed Telenko
$100
Gifts to Dana-Farber
$2,344
Gunderson Dettmer, LLP
$500
John Neil Whouley
$80
Jon Lieber
Larry Yu & Melissa Nelson-Yu
$1,000
Mr. Gregory Chase
$5,000
Mr. James Shanahan
$250
Mr. Rama Modali
$50
Mr. Timothy Ehrlich
$100
Ms. Carola Schropp
$500
Ms. Elizabeth Dustin
Ms. Helen Suravlas
$50
Ms. Lalitha Khambhampati
$50
Paige Whouley
Rani & Eytan
$250
Raphael and Rivka Nir
$540
Sam Murphy
$250
The Belmont High School Girls Hockey Team
$1,000
The EBD team in memory of Cleo
$2,545
The Yakatan Family Foundation
$180
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Helping teenagers with Cancer
Helping teenagers with Cancer

Cleo Athena Theodoropulos

This image of our late daughter, Cleo Theodoropulos, perfectly captures the exuberant life of a teenager. 

Just getting her driver’s license, her future laid out for her to take. A first real taste of independent life and all of its wonderful possibilities. Then a dreadful cancer diagnosis. The promise and expectation of a future evaporate. Months on end in a cancer ward, that is the new reality.

My daughter had Ewing's Sarcoma, and she died shortly after diagnosis. Other kids will put on a protracted fight. There are limited innovative, advanced therapies for these solid tumor cancers, and the treatment regime is brutal: Chemo cocktail, surgery and radiation. The fight for daily survival is on. Truly heartbreaking.

These teens with cancer are not only physiologically damaged, but they are also devastated psychologically. Teens often feel too old for the pediatric clinic and its playroom, but too young for an adult clinic alongside people their parents’ and grandparents’ age. They can feel isolated and face a unique set of challenges in the way that cancer can disrupt their lives, change their relationships with family and peers, and affect their plans for college and career. On top of this is the fact that the types of cancers afflicting teens are biologically different than those affecting babies or adults; they are difficult to treat; and, are an underfunded area of research due to small patient population size.

Leading oncologists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Hospital are aiming to address many of these issues by establishing The Center for Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology (CAYAO), bringing together medical and psychosocial providers across Dana-Farber’s pediatric and medical oncology teams in a first-of-its-kind formalized way to provide more integrated, developmentally-appropriate care to this population.

Help me to make this Center a reality by making a contribution to the CAYAO.

 

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