Greer Bond Leukemia Lemon Challenge

$5,140 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 43 months
This is the official fund of the Greer Bond Leukemia Lemon Challenge. We are dedicated to bringing awareness to childhood leukemia and raising financial support for Greer Bond's medical treatments. 

On April 20th 2015, at 15 months old, Greer Bond was diagnosed with Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or Ph+ ALL for short.  Through the course of her treatments thus far, she has not yet reached remission. The specific type of Leukemia Greer is fighting, in most cases, requires a stem cell transplant. While undergoing this high-risk treatment, Greer faces a three-month hospital stay two hours away from her home.  Currently there is one donor on the registry who matches Greer's genes. Greer's transplant is projected to take place in May, as long as the donor is still available.  In the time leading up the transplant Greer and her family will continue to make weekly trips to the hospital 2 hours away, where she receives blood and platelet infusions, chemotherapy, and spinal taps. Greer's immune system is severely compromised during these treatments, preventing her from attending daycare. Greer's parents have had to adapt their career schedules and sacrifices and adjustments to be able to keep her safe and healthy at home. 

The Bond family now carries a heavy financial burden due to the extensive treatments, travel, and time off of work required. With the transplant process still looming, the reality is that the most difficult times are probably still ahead. 
 
In attempt to help lighten the finical burden forced upon the Bond Family and spread awareness about childhood cancers we have launched the Greer Bond Leukemia Lemon Challenge. To participate in the challenge simply peel a lemon, eat it, post a video of your reaction on social media, and nominate your friends to do the same. 

Here are some facts about Childhood Cancers from CureSearch, who will be the beneficiary of donated funds not needed for Greer's treatment expenses. Childhood cancer is the least funded area of cancer research, organization like CureSearch have dedicated many years and millions of dollars to further the research for children's protocols and therapies in the fight against cancer. 

Childhood Cancer Statistics 
~Each year, the parents of approximately 15,700 kids will hear the words “your child has cancer.” 
~Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. 
~Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10% just fifty years ago to nearly 90% today - for many rare cancers the survival rate is much lower. 
~The number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years.
~Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
~Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
~The average age of children diagnosed is six.
~More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
~60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
~There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.
~That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.

http://curesearch.org/
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Greer is officially a big sister! And daddy surprised us all, with a surprise day trip home for Greer!! She got to meet baby brother Ignatius, but did have to get right back to Chicago the same day. It was amazing to have us all together for this special day
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We are getting Greer geared up for discharge to Ronald McDonald House! Just a few bumps in the road, but we believe transplant has gone very well, and we could not have asked for better outcomes. As of right now she is CANCER FREE! She is 100% donor cells, and has had just enough graft vs host disease to make all her doctors very optimistic for long term remission. We are so proud of her and our team at Luire Children's and can't wait o get out sweet girl home and recovering. Currently Mom, Dad and big sister are home anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby brother any day. Greer will have family with her while she transitions out of the hospital and hopefully Dad and big sis will be with Greer as soon as baby brother gets here.
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Greer is in Chicago for the long haul of the transplant process. So far she is doing good with radiation. On 4/1 she will get admitted and start the high dose chemo. We are day -7 one week to day 0!
This is Greer laying in the " fish tank" ready to start radiation treatment, the first she really did not like, but the last two she just closed her eyes and laid still
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Greer's latest biopsy results have not been what her docotors were hoping to see and her transplant has been moved to March. Starting now in February Greer will have a month long chemo treatment then proceed with her stem cell transplant.
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$5,140 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 43 months
Created January 11, 2016
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DA
$260
Dixon Rural Firefighters Association
38 months ago

Our department did the Lemon Challenge, and pulled this donation together for you.

$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
$100
Anonymous
39 months ago
DF
$100
David Flenner
39 months ago

May your prayers be answered.

GB
$150
Genie Beaver
39 months ago

Kel and Courtney, I did not realize that your sweet girl was going through this. I am sure she is strong like her parents! We are thinking of you in Atlanta. Hope this little bit helps. XXOO Genie

CS
$10
Cathy Seagren
39 months ago

Prayers!

EW
$50
Elise & Bruce Williams
40 months ago
$25
Angela Zera
40 months ago

I haven't met Miss Greer yet but I love seeing dad's familiar face at the Ronald McDonald House. Best wishes to a quick recovery and a healthy future! (And you know who to call when you need candy :-)

AF
$100
Angie Flannery
40 months ago
$100
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40 months ago
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