Robert is an electrician with Union Local 654 but has been out of work since his diagnosis. He has undergone chemo and radiation and his return to work is undetermined at this time. Robert is very active in the community, involved with his children and their many sports and activities. He is the coach of St. Joe's in Collingdale's Track Team.
The 2011 Uff is Tough Race will benefit
Jim Zeller who was diagnosed with
HEP C after being involved in a car accident where he lost a lot of
blood. (1980) unfortunately, the new blood that he received was
infected with the virus. Since then Jim received annual biopsies on
his liver to track the progress of the virus along with various
screening with blood work.
The 2009 Uff is Tough Race benefitted two courageous young children from the Philadelphia area, Sammy Bradly and Dennis Stephen Foreman. As they fight their battle with cancer, we all continue to pray for both of their speedy recoveries. Here are their stories:
Sammy Bradly—A Hero to all
Sammy Bradly is a 12-year-old baseball fan from Newtown Square, PA, and a student at Paxon Hollow Middle School in Broomall. On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 Sammy was diagnosed with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AML). Upon the diagnosis, Sammy’s family was devastated. They never thought that something like this would ever touch their family. Since that day their lives have been changed forever.
Sammy has been in treatment at the A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE and is being treated with a 6 month treatment plan of intensive chemotherapy. His parents have been by Sammy's side every day caring for him and supporting him in his fight with this deadly disease. He is strong and courageous and we are in awe of his bravery. He is our HERO!
Sammy will continue with his treatments until late December 2009. He has a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pray-for-Sammy-Bradly/86728252905) that is meant to tell his story and provide support to him and his family during his courageous fight.
Dennis Stephen Foreman—Avid Phillies Fan, All-Star Baseball player
Dennis Stephen Foreman is a 13-year-old 8th grader and avid Phillies fan from Northfield, NJ. He has played baseball since he was a toddler when his father taught him to catch by throwing socks at him while doing laundry. He was always advanced at the game despite not being one of the bigger kids. He has played in the Northfield Little League making every all-star team throughout his short career. This past year, he moved up the 13 year old Babe Ruth and also played on a Travel team (A Shore Sun Devils). Baseball is his life.
This past spring, Dennis Stephen was having some issues with the way he was feeling. He was fatigued and his legs were hurting. Blood tests initially said he had lymes disease. Very strong antibiotics were given which had adverse effects on him, but he continued to press on and play every game even though he did not feel any better. The doctors then did more tests and no results came back. As some time went on and Dennis was still not feeling any better, his parents took him Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where they said there was no indication of lymes left, but that he was anemic. Then Friday of Labor Day weekend (September 4th) they saw a bulge on Dennis Stephen’s side and the local doctor said to take him to CHOP again. The doctors did a scan and every parent’s worst nightmare was diagnosed. There was softball sized mass wrapped around his kidney and it was found to be cancerous.
Between the diagnosis and the surgery, Dennis played some golf and saw a Phillies game while sitting in the Diamond Club at CBP that was donated by a friend. He was very excited to talk about his experience while at the game. He also made a comment to his Aunt while taking a walk-- “It is okay that I have cancer, because I am going to be a cancer survivor!” One of his friends called him “The next Lance Armstrong”!
Dennis Stephen was then scheduled for surgery on September 14th. In the surgery they removed a kidney, adrenal gland and surrounding lymph nodes. He is currently recovering at CHOP with his parents by his side. Early indications have labeled the cancer as Wilm's tumor, which is a rare cancer that is normally found in toddlers. He will be starting chemotherapy soon.
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