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GRAYSON’S STORY: BEATING BACK CHILDHOOD CANCER

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Kids and cancer don’t mix. That’s why the compassionate pediatric specialists and nurses at Florida Hospital for Children fight every day to eliminate cancer in their young patients and support the courageous families stricken by this devastating disease.

This is the story of one such family and their 12-year-old warrior who beat back cancer – twice.

“A tornado in your brain. That’s what it feels like when a doctor tells you the four ugly words: ‘Your child has cancer.’ Since Valentine’s Day 2015, we have been on a roller coaster of emotions, fighting for our son’s life. After finding a golf-ball sized lump on his neck, our then 10-year-old son, Grayson, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  

Over the course of two years, his treatment included a battery of tests, scans and X-rays, surgery, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and a stem-cell transplant. Thanks to the highly skilled medical team at Florida Hospital for Children and the courage of our son, Grayson has beaten his cancer twice. On May 22, 2017, he finally got to ring the bell – signaling the long-awaited end of treatment, and the quieting of the tornado in our brains.

We wish our story was rare. Sadly, Grayson is one of the 15,780 children who are diagnosed with cancer every year. The disease affects many, yet the funding is lacking. According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer receives more research funding than all childhood cancers combined. With your help, we can change this.”

– Michelle Zrelak, Grayson’s mom

Florida Hospital for Children’s battle against cancer extends far beyond the hospital’s walls. By partnering with researchers, corporations, and generous donors, the  hospital is committed to a future in which families no longer have to fear the specter of a cancer diagnosis. You can join in this cause by supporting the local businesses who support Florida Hospital for Children.

Chick-fil-A® Orlando Cares About Childhood Cancer

Join the fight against childhood cancer and help provide hope and better treatment options for kids like Grayson by visiting one of 32 participating Central Florida Chick-fil-A® restaurants during the month of September to purchase this special cow. Net proceeds from every purchase will benefit the courageous kids fighting cancer at Florida Hospital for Children. 

For more information, and to find a participating Chick-fil-A location near you, visit FloridaHospital.com/CowsCare.

 

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