“Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.” Robert Leighton
In Loving Memory. In the words of Drake, Alexis lived by the motto, YOLO (You Only Live Once).
“My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my strength to survive and get through this.”
“In order to go through this, you need to have hope…”
Spring 2015 Recipient – “In April 2014, I developed severe pleurisy overnight. The next day, the doctors found a mass in between my heart and my lung. In June 2014, we received the news that I had germ cell cancer. I was only 28, and my wife and I were in shock. After 12 weeks of chemo, the doctors thought things were improving, but in October, we found out that the cancer had recurred. In November and December, I received high dose chemo with stem cell transplants. Unfortunately, I lost most of my hearing due to the toxicity of the chemo I received. Luckily for me, the Allyson Whitney Foundation was there to help me get hearing aids! The day I got them, it was raining and I was able to hear rain again for the first time in months. We are so grateful to the Allyson Whitney Foundation, not just for the grant, but for all their support!”
26- 2nd time cancer warrior. “Sometimes in life you have to make decisions for the long run and this isn’t the end of the rod for me.” (Cameron’s thoughts & decisions before leg amputation)
Cheers For Chelsea
34. Diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma, mother of 2. “I fight so I can take my life off hold. I fight becuase everyone else is fighting for me and it’d be a dam shame to disappoint them.”
Breast cancer triple negative. Pictured with her children thanking us- that says it all.
Our super hero Francisco (34). After so much fighting, “All I want to be is normal, go to the movies and have a normal life.”
Colon cancer angel with his wife Hayley
Pictured leaving the hospital with his socail worker, age 18. Battling renal Carcinoma since age 14…
In Loving Memory. You never forget your first and our first grant recipient was Jazmine. We are honored that her team, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ has joined us.
Spring 2015 Recipient
Pictured with his prom date, as she visited him in the hospital.
Breast cancer 33.
Hodgkins Lymphoma. traveled an hour and a half one way for treatment. “I will never take life for granted again.”
“Who am I? On the outside I am a 20 year old, short, brunette mixed Norwegian & Guatemalan woman. But, on the inside, I am Jaylynn, who was diagnosed with a rae brain tumor…And everyday, I make a promise to myself to live better & stronger than yesterday.”
18 year old college student relapsed with osteosarcoma. MeKayla’s mom said, “She always kept a smile on her face. She’s been a fighter since the beginning.”
33. Diagnosed Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma. Married, with one child & one due this past Dec. Fighting for himself and his family.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation supports several organizations whose missions and values align with ours. These organizations generally focus on researching rare cancers and/or offering care and support to those fighting cancer, such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center, to which we’ve donated $80,000 to date. Learn more about our partners and the amazing work they’re doing below.