SURVIVOR STORIES

“Step Up. Stop Cancer.” Starts Here

Angle with Jake Lamb

Angel – One Angel’s Miracle

The soft tufts of hair sprouting on his otherwise smooth head, and a symphony of scars at the base of his neck are the only visible signs of the battle Angel’s fought for more than a year. Read more…

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Kate – The Dance Continues

Most teenage girls love make-up tutorials. 15-year-old Kate Campa is no exception – and yet fighting blemishes and acne aren’t her biggest challenges. While she’s creating the perfect contour, she’s also fighting cancer. Read more…

Carmella

Carmella – Fertility Preservation at Phoenix Children’s Makes Future Motherhood Possible for 10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

“She tells everyone she wants to be a mom when she grows up. She’s just so nurturing, and it would be awful to think she couldn’t do that.” It’s what Jennifer Tully of New River says about her 10-year-old daughter, Carmella. She’d always played with dolls, and for most young girls her age, future motherhood seems like a given. Read more…

Gwyn outside

Gwyn – A Gymnast, Fighter and a Philanthropist

Gwyn is a caring, creative girl; she loves art, animals, softball, gymnastics and has a warm heart. She also fought and triumphed over cancer. It was the summer of 2016, and she was tired and feverish. Her parents thought it was heat exhaustion. Then, Leslie noticed little red dots on neck and took her into see the pediatrician. Read more…

Leighton photo shoot

Leighton – A Young Athlete’s Battle against the Ultimate Opponent

Many kids today slay at both school and sports, but 7-year-old Leighton Accardo kicks it up a notch. She plays on a boys’ baseball team and juggles figure skating and club hockey – and a girls’ softball league, too. Her strength and competitive spirit will serve her well, because now she’s fighting the ultimate contender: cancer. Read more…

Ericka w PCH Hand - 9.13.19

Ericka, Flipping for a Cure

Ericka’s journey began with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August of 2018. Now she’s in remission, stepping up and flipping to host a fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s. Read more…