Mikey’s Way Childhood Cancer Heroes Blog Entries

  1. Meet Talia: Paying it Forward Mikey’s Way

    Talia is committed to helping other children

    Mikey's Way Hero, Talia paying it forward

    Mikey’s Way Hero, Talia

    Talia’s inspiration to “pay it forward” stems from her own story, which began in 2014 when she was just 11. A happy young girl with a passion for travel, Talia especially loved visiting with cousins and her Grandparents in Florida. She worked hard in school but also found time for Girl Scouts and field hockey. Her most favorite thing in all the world was going to sleep-away camp which was only a few short months away. But in the spring her life changed. Talia learned that she had a brain tumor.

    Soon after her diagnosis, Talia bravely underwent surgery to remove the tumor at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York. Talia’s surgery left her unable to walk without the aid of a walker. Determined to go to sleep-away camp, Talia worked diligently to walk without help as soon after surgery as possible. The hours recovering in the hospital were long and lonely until one wonderful day when Talia received an iPad from Mikey’s Way. The iPad provided much needed diversion and distraction for Talia not only while in the hospital but also as she continued to heal at home.

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  2. Meet Lynette: Giving Back

    Her mission is to help other kids who are sick.

     

    Lynette’s smile is captivating. Wise beyond her years, she has endured too much at such a young age. Yet her outlook on life is positive and upbeat. It is her bravery, her compassion and her love of life that inspires all who meet her.

    At seven months of age, Lynette came to her family as a foster child. She won their hearts immediately and her family began what would become a very long adoption process. Lynette and her two siblings, also foster children who “never left”, settled into a happy family life. But when Lynette turned 8, she discovered skin lesions on her body and her happy life turned upside down. Surgery was needed and soon after she learned that she had Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in the body. Lynette’s life became CAT scans, hospital visits, morphine pain drips and lengthy periods of loneliness and boredom during the long hours of treatment.

    On one particular hospital stay, Lynette met Les Friedman during a Mikey’s Way Day. Lynette’s mom vividly remembers that day, “I didn’t know what to expect. I cried because it was so overwhelming. There were so many electronics on the cart, I just stood there and cried. I remember thinking, I have my daughter in the bed and he doesn’t have his son.” Lynette had the opportunity to select an electronic from the cart. Overwhelmed herself, she thought carefully before selecting an iPod Touch, the perfect device to help pass the long hours of boredom and isolation during her treatments. read more →

  3. Mikey’s Way Childhood Cancer Heroes

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A message from Les Friedman, Mikey’s Dad:

    To those of us who knew and loved Mikey and to all those who have since been touched by his determination to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, Mikey is indeed our hero.

    Each day across the United States and around the globe, childhood heroes face life-threatening illnesses with the same grace, determination and strength that Mikey did.  These are the brothers, the sisters, the sons, daughters, relatives and friends of the people who love them as deeply and as profoundly as we love and cherish Mikey.

    It is only fitting that we dedicate a blog category to recognize and honor some of the many childhood cancer heroes that we have had the honor and privilege to meet. They inspire us each day as we carry out the work that Mikey began.