William was diagnosed with Stage IV Hepatoblastoma on January 17th, 2018. When we first found out about William’s diagnosis we did what most parents in our situation would do, and that’s search the internet for anything we could find out about metastatic Hepatoblastoma. What we found was incredibly heartbreaking. Numbers like 20% survival were jumping out to us. But things changed when we met with the doctors at Dana-Farber - they filled us with so much hope - they told us about all of the incredible advancements that had been made over the last decade and that the latest clinical trials for advanced stage Hepatoblastoma were reporting back over 70% success rates. For us that changed everything.
And while it was an incredibly difficult journey for William, after an 8 month battle, William is now in remission and able to enjoy life as the silly, wonderful, amazing kid that he is. We know that without those advancements made over the last 10 years our story would be different. We also know that those advancements do not happen without research and that research doesn’t happen without funding.
So that is why we are here. We are walking to help raise funds that will support the important research being done to help children like William. We walk for William, for William’s friends still battling, and for those who will battle in the future. All children deserve a chance at a long, happy, and healthy life - so let’s get walking!