Justin (pictured below) was 5 years old when he first started complaining about leg pain on and off. Everyone thought it was growing pains. After further evaluation, he was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Justin beat that cancer thanks to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. He also beat the second diagnosis of cancer at age 10 and the third diagnosis of cancer at age 14. Justin is now 23 and cancer free as of mid-September after battling cancer for the fourth time.
Children’s Fight for Life (CFFL) started 10 years ago by Justin’s mother, Gerri, who is a founding committee member. She knew she had to be part of the fight to cure cancer. She pulled together some close friends and family to form the first committee of five. The committee has grown over the years to over fifteen members, many with personal stories and connections to children with cancer. Over the past 9 years CFFL has raised over $750,000 for the Cancer Center.
Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer and it is the leading cause of death by disease for children. One out of five children diagnosed with cancer will die, yet pediatric cancer research receives less than 4% of the United States federal funding for cancer research.
We honor the bravery and strength of the children diagnosed and battling cancer by hosting Casino Night, an annual fundraiser that includes an elegant dinner, silent auction and casino gambling. This year Children’s Fight For Life presented by Capstone Pinto Valley Mining Corp and co-sponsored by Agave Pediatrics celebrates its 10th Anniversary on November 7, 2015 at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Join us in our fight against children’s cancer! Together we can make a difference! Buy your tickets now.