The Mighty Quinn's Cancer Crusade

$17,560 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 182 people in 43 months

The "Mighty" Quinn Scharn, a fifth grader from Napa, CA, is fighting cancer a second time. It has been 8 years since Quinn has had to face this challenge. He battled rhabdomyosarcoma, a tumor in his abdomen, as an infant, and after a long recovery was given a clean bill of health. Late 2014, 10-year-old Quinn felt a pain in his hip and developed a limp. The cancer was back. A bone tumor had grown near his hip socket, osteosarcoma, directly caused by the radiation he received in treatment as a youngster.

Currently, Quinn is receiving cancer treatment at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is a trooper. He always has a positive attitude, and amazingly, is still all smiles. He looks forward to playing bingo on Thursdays with other kids in the hospital. His new best pal is the hospital's service dog, Lani; Quinn loves to snuggle with the pup. When Quinn has the energy, he loves reading the Complete Works of William Shakespeare--his latest scholarly challenge for himself! Quinn keeps in touch with all of his Napa buddies via Skype since his autoimmune system is low during chemotherapy. He is extremely grateful for everyone's notes and messages of support.

Quinn's mother, Teresa Howell, is a single parent of two. Older son, Ethan, is a high school junior and has a part-time job in a local sandwich shop. Teresa is employed by Napa Valley Unified School District and she also works for Community Connections with developmentally disabled adults. Teresa has been through this struggle before, always by Quinn's side, but she never expected to have to take up this fight again. "The reality of what Quinn is up against is starting to hit like a ton of bricks," she shared on facebook.

Teresa has had to cut her hours significantly because she is only able to work when Quinn is not in the hospital. He has had four rounds of chemotherapy and more to follow. In April, Quinn will need to have his leg and hip amputated. The family will need a larger vehichle to accomodate Quinn's new wheelchair. The family will also need help modifying their home to be wheelchair accessible. Friends are organizing efforts to aid Quinn's family financially during his treatment. 

How can people offer Quinn their support? "Please continue to send love, light, positive energy, prayers, good vibes. Whatever it may be. Keep it coming," Teresa communicated via facebook. Of course, any gofundme.com donations towards Quinn's endeavor will be hugely appreciated. Let's do everything we can to fight "The Mighty Quinn's Cancer Crusade" together!
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Hello Quinn supporters! I wanted to give you all an update on the Mighty Quinn. Quinn's latest scans were clear. He is growing like a weed and enjoying time at home with his family. He has grown so much that his prosthetic doesn’t fit him anylonger. He is in the process of having a new one made. This is going to be a big expense for the family. Yesterday, one of Quinn’s dreams came true when he adopted a three legged dog named Logan from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento. Logan had to have his left front leg amputated just a few weeks ago. Quinn and Logan are a perfect match! The facebook page for the shelter has uploaded a very sweet video showing Quinn meeting Logan and taking him home. Please go check it out!
Quinn and Logan, a perfect match!
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Hi Quinn supporters, Its been quite some time since our last update. Quinn finished treatment last October. Up to this point, he has not had clear scans. Latest scans were last Friday. Three nodules were found in his lungs. We will know more in 6 weeks.
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Update! Quinn spends a great deal of time at UCSF Children's receiving chemo and is now half way done with treatment! I've been getting a lot of questions about what treatment looks like and what the plan is going forward so I thought I'd answer some of them here. Quinn receives three different chemo drugs, all inpatient. Each course is three weeks in a row of chemo, followed by a week home to recover. It is at that time that his counts drop and he becomes "neutropenic" with an ANC (absolute neutrophil count) of zero. This means he has no immune system and if he gets a fever, which he has every time, he is transported back to UCSF by ambulance. On top of all the chemo, he also goes through all kinds of testing and monitoring and receives platelets and blood transfusions regularly. People wonder why he still has to go through chemo even though he no longer "has cancer". The unfortunate truth is that Osteosarcoma can be matastic and it is highly likely to recur. Even though Quinn's original tumor was completly removed, there is about an 80% chance that he still has cancer cells in his body. So aggressive chemo it is. Besides dealing with both the short and long term side effects of chemo, this whole process is extremely isolating and there are no words to describe the gratitude we have for the continued love, support, well wishes and visits to the hospital. It means the world to us, but especially to Quinn.
With all our love,
Teresa, Ethan and Quinn
Neutropenic with a fever of 103. Doctor asks, "How are you feeling, Quinn?" He happily responds, "I'm great!" Uhhhh?! Silly kid.
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Sorry it has been a while since the last update. Quinn came and paid me a visit at work yesterday. I am amazed at how well he is getting around. His spirits were high even though he was not feeling that great. He's such a strong kid with a beautiful, strong spirit. Keep Quinn and his family in your thoughts and prayers. A big thank you to all those who have donated so far. Lets see if we can get to the $16k mark. Please take a moment and share this on your facebook or twitter account.
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Rose Pimentel-Pedigo
32 months ago
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haven't heard anything on regards to Quinn just wanted an update please.

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Lorraine Bogaards
38 months ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us an update. I continue to think good thoughts and send warmth and strength to you all to get through this process completely, healthfully, and happily to the end. Your new friend, and a dear friend of yours, Kelle Domezio Dallman, Love Lorraine ♥ XOO

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Tony Rocha
41 months ago

Hi, I got a refund form D___ex@AOL.Com for my contribution amount, did I send to the wrong recipient?

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Raised by 182 people in 43 months
Created February 28, 2015
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TJ
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T J
18 months ago
SN
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Steve & Barbie Nielsen
30 months ago

Never give up Quinn.

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Anonymous
30 months ago
SG
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Sharon Goldman
30 months ago

Prayers for NED from CT results. xoxo

AT
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aimee toubia
30 months ago

Teresa, We are praying for you and your boys. xo

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Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
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30 months ago
Rose Pimentel-Pedigo
32 months ago
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haven't heard anything on regards to Quinn just wanted an update please.

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Lorraine Bogaards
38 months ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us an update. I continue to think good thoughts and send warmth and strength to you all to get through this process completely, healthfully, and happily to the end. Your new friend, and a dear friend of yours, Kelle Domezio Dallman, Love Lorraine ♥ XOO

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Tony Rocha
41 months ago

Hi, I got a refund form D___ex@AOL.Com for my contribution amount, did I send to the wrong recipient?

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