We started The Mighty Quinn so that my family, friends, and colleagues can join us in this inspiring event. Will you join or support our walk?
Quinn was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in December 2021 when she was 21 months old. Wilms tumor is a type of kidney cancer that is diagnosed in approximately 500 children annually. It is not surprising that a lot of these children end up at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. From day one of diagnosis, we have received nothing but exceptional care. Every doctor, nurse, medial assistant, childcare specialist, psychologist, social worker and receptionist was kind and patient with us.
At 6am the day after Quinn’s surgery, Dr. Weldon saw me in the cafeteria and he stopped me to see how I was doing and talk to me about Wilms tumor again. I work in health care and can appreciate how special this is. Our Oncologist Dr. Fraiser and Dr. Reed sat with us for over an hour at Quinn’s initial diagnosis, at the end of the visit they kept sitting there asking “is there anything else”. We never felt rushed or unheard. When Quinn developed a fever and needed a transfusion, we were called to come into the clinic very early and I forgot my pumps (I was still nursing Charlie my then 4 month old). We had to sit an isolation room all day and were not allowed to leave. The charge nurse went and bought me a pump at the vending machine in children’s hospital. Our medical assistant always knew that Quinn wore thick hats that made her head hot and that she needed a few minutes to “cool down” before they took her temperature.
I could go on and on…
As special as the Jimmy Fund Clinic is, it is the children who have inspired me the most. Every child we met was fighting hard everyday to get better. Quinn was no exception and has constantly amazed us with her strength and ability to have fun no matter what the circumstances. She had her tumor and kidney removed a week after it was discovered and started 26 long weeks of chemotherapy immediately after. I can’t dismiss how hard this was for her and our family, but we are lucky Quinn’s cancer has a favorable outcome. Research and funding are why Wilms tumor is considered one of the successes of pediatric oncology and usually has a favorable outcome. We are benefiting immensely from other’s sacrifices. We feel the least we can do is help continue to fund the research and services the Jimmy Fund Clinic offers its patients so that hopefully some day every parent will hear the words “favorable outcome”.
As a member of the Mighty Quinn and the Jimmy Fund Walk community, you will have access to many resources and tools that will guide you in reaching and exceeding the $330 fundraising commitment. You will also receive training guides and tips!
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For more detailed information on the Jimmy Fund Walk, please ask me or visit JimmyFundWalk.org. I hope you will join me for this year's Walk! Thank you for considering this opportunity.