Greer Bond Leukemia Lemon Challenge
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.