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Please join in supporting our friends, the Fanning Family of Cory, John, Niamh and Liam. Many among the community have inquired on how to support them during this time as we hope this be one avenue to offer assistance.

Liam  (7) is currently undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma in his femur.  His treatment will consist of chemotherapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For those who know him well, Liam is one of the most kind hearted boys you'll meet. He has a passion for soccer and can always be found wearing a soccer uniform! His heart is big, as is the entire Fanning family. 

This page was created unbeknowst to the Fanning family. Our goal is for this to support them in coming months with Liam's treatment. They will be traveling to Philadelphia as donations for gas, meals and medical expenses are areas of need.

Please come join us for the LiamStrong Bull Roast on Saturday, August 11th! Join the Fanning/Kamen family for a memorable evening in a great cause. To purchase tickets go to: 
https://www.501auctions.com/liamstrong

Thank you for your kindness in addition to your love and support! 

-Friends of the Fannings
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Liam Update: 10/27/18

Dear Family & Friends,



Thank you again for your continued presence and support of Liam, Niamh, John & Cory. Your texts, phone calls, cards, and emails mean more than we can express. It helps them knowing that as the weeks & months pass Liam & Niamh are still remembered.



Chemo is still underway. Much is behind them, but Liam still has three treatments to go. It seems it will never end and feels that way too. Our heads tell us "only 3 more," but the actual end date is elusive. Liam's bone marrow continues to rebel -- it's definitely worn out too! Now delays between each treatment are expected but not any easier to accept. We had hoped he would be finished by his birthday, December 1st, but that's not likely. He should be done sometime between mid-December and Christmas -- the best gift ever whenever it finally happens! The remaining treatments, whenever Liam is strong enough, will be inpatient. There are significantly more trips to Philadelphia each week for doctor visits, blood checks and/or transfusions in between chemo treatments. Nothing can be definitively planned because the schedule always changes -- sometimes a few times each day depending on bloodwork results and side effects. They are inching slowly to the end and are so grateful. In the spring during the earlier days of treatment and before surgery, November & December seemed a complete impossibility -- an eternity away. Now they can all look forward to being together at home by Christmas! Niamh will be happy to have them all home, and they'll be better able to plan for life after chemo.



Liam's weeks are also jammed with school lessons, PT, home exercises, and rest so his body can better recover sooner. His prosthetic leg needed some adjustments the past few weeks, but he's managed to continue playing soccer and baseball at home without it. He's extremely anxious for its return this coming week which will make things much easier and enjoyable for him. Even when he's not feeling his best, he always seems ready to kick the soccer ball or get ready for baseball season. He hasn't lost his sense of humor either!



Thank you again for being you and for all your love and support! Their strength comes in part from knowing you remain with them and are still praying for them.



With continued love & gratitude,

Susie & Dan
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Update: 9/27/18

Dear Friends & Family,



We hope this note finds you and your families well.



It has been several weeks since our last update. Liam's chemo treatment is still continuing, but not without multiple delays. It is now a much slower process since his blood counts are not rebounding as quickly as they did during his first several treatments. The many months of chemo have left his bone marrow tired leaving his blood counts unable to return to normal levels as quickly. These numbers are vital to his ability to restart each round of treatment, and so there have been many attempts but few successes.



Cory and Liam, along with John or me, are now making several trips to Philadelphia each week to check Liam's blood and fluid levels in the hope the anticipated chemo round can begin. Unfortunately, more times than not, there is delay after delay leaving them very disappointed. As a result it's nearly impossible to make definitive plans for anything, and when they've tried, visits/activities need to cancelled altogether or postponed because of the treatment schedule changing. This is very frustrating for all of them but, unfortunately, cannot be avoided. This unpredictability will be the norm for the next few months until Liam's gotten all the required chemo. Hopefully, everyone understands these setbacks are unavoidable, and the uncertainty is not pleasant.



Liam has begun his outpatient PT appointments several times each week and really looks forward to these sessions. He is definitely motivated to improve and is making great progress strengthening his legs and upper body. He's working hard with his teacher at home several times each week and is completing his assignments in-between to keep him on track with his classmates.



They remain focused on getting the remaining treatments finished and know many uncertain weeks are still looming ahead. They appreciate your many prayers, cards, texts, phone calls, and invitations and are so grateful for that continued love and support. It eases the disappointment of the treatment delays to know that Liam is still in your hearts.



Thank you again for your presence! You lovingly remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Susie & Dan
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8-17-18

Hello Dear Family & Friends,



Since our last update, Liam has been to back and forth to Philadelphia for several outpatient visits, a chemo infusion, blood transfusions post chemo, and an inpatient stay last week because of a high fever. It's been a busy time with so many trips north, but once again each week that passes only brings the end of active treatment a bit closer.



Our eyes are focused ahead, and the countdown is certainly on. They were again at CHOP for another outpatient visit on Tuesday checking blood counts for confirmation Liam is well enough to restart treatment next Wednesday. That will be Week 4 of the second 5-week cycle following surgery, and there are still 12 more weeks of chemo ahead. Typically, it's now that rebounding from treatment may get even more challenging. Chemo began in March which means Liam's body is very tired. We pray each treatment can continue with little to no delay so they can get to the finish line as soon as possible, but we are prepared for potential delays. Liam's spirits still remain high, and he is getting more and more excited about getting his new leg.



The past weeks have been busy because of the Philly travel, but there have been good things squeezed in between when Liam has been feeling well enough. He's had some visits with friends as well as a great extended visit with his grandparents here from Ireland. Liam was able to enjoy the unbelievable bull roast supporting him, has completed more 2nd grade school work than he'd like, and even managed to play some baseball outside and soccer in the basement with John. He gets around pretty well right now relying only on his good leg. We're hoping the adjustment to his prosthetic leg will be relatively quick and without an ongoing need for many adjustments. Liam is definitely eager to be more active every day whenever he's feeling fairly well. We pray his new leg is ready very soon.



We remain filled with overwhelming gratitude for your continued prayers, love, and support! You've all been incredibly amazing these past months, and words fail to truly express how very thankful we are. Please know each of you is loved and appreciated! Treatment is long, lonely, frightening, and exhausting, but Cory, John, Liam, and Niamh know you remain behind and beside them.



With continued love & gratitude,

Susie & Dan
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Hi Dear Family and Friends of Liam,

Exciting news: BIDDING IS NOW OPEN for a few items for the LiamStrong Bull Roast/Silent Auction that is being held this Saturday, Aug 11th. Check out these awesome items online! You do not need to attend the event to bid on any items. A few that are open include:

-Joe Flacco Signed Jersey
-Pittsburgh Penquins Signed Puck
-Signed Ray Lewis Picture
-10 Vacation Packages: Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados,
St. Lucia, NYC, Myrtle Beach and more!
-Golf Packages
-Kids Camp Summer Packages

To bid, you need to register:
Go to: https://www.501auctions.com/liamstrong
Go to 'Sign In’
Scroll down to : 'Register Now'
Enter in email, text, address, create a password and credit card for bidding
This registration will allow up to date notifications via text/email to watch bids!

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