OUR STARS We honor the strength and courage of families like these

STARS Program

Through our STARS Program, we honor the strength and courage of these individuals and their families. With each story, we raise awareness about the struggles associated with childhood cancer and also foster empathy in our triathletes. Triathletes participating in the program have the choice to race in honor or memory of a STAR. Racers are paired with STARs, and when the racers cross the finish line, their name and the STAR’s name are read aloud.

If you would like to be honored as a STAR, please contact us at the bottom of this page.

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NICHOLAS

Our family feels fortunate to have had the support of the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Clinic where Nicholas was successfully treated for a Rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of ... Read more

Izaiah

Izaiah was diagnosed with ALL on January 14, 2013. It was very hard for him to adjust to being in the hospital and not being able to go to school for pre-K. He missed al... Read more

Ariella

My name is Ariella and I am 10 years old and in the fourth grade. I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in February of this year after having a lot of pain in my le... Read more

Lindsay

Lindsay was diagnosed with AML when she was three years old. Prior to that she had been a perfectly healthy baby and toddler. She had a fever and we went to the doctor. ... Read more

Simone

Simone was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma. She was treated with chemotherapy, surgery and cyber knife radiation. It was a long journe... Read more

Charlotte

In late October, 2014, in her Senior year of high school, Charlotte was feeling tired and her mom noticed some terrible bruising on her legs. They rushed to Georgetown H... Read more

Akshay

What started out as a pain in my groin the summer of 2014, resulted in an initial diagnosis of testicular cancer. After surgery to remove the tumor, was informed that th... Read more

Ali

Ali was a typical toddler until she was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis when she was just 20 months old. In 2010, her nanny noticed that her jaw looked slig... Read more

Scott

Seven-year-old, Scott, had a typical childhood until he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3. Going through chemotherapy wasn’t always easy. He had c... Read more

Meaghan

 

Meaghan, 16, of Rockville, Maryland “cannot be defined” and likes it that way because she wants to be open to all the possibilities of life. Meaghan is a d... Read more

D'mari

D’mari is a happy kid. He is very smart and very funny. He likes playing video games and playing with small action figures. He can be very shy at times but, all in... Read more

Trent

My name is Trent, I’m 16 years old. I was born in Rhode Island, Read more

Sonali

Somali had just started pre-K when she started having fevers and fatigue and missed 2 weeks of school– we soon found out she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)... Read more

Zoe

Zoe is a very spunky, outgoing, loving, full-of-life and incredibly strong 5 1/2 year old little girl. She is our only child and on December 23, 2015, 2 days before Chri... Read more

KENYAH

Kenyah was diagnosed with bilateral retinal blastoma at 6months old. She started chemotherapy the same week that she was diagnosed. In her first year of chemotherapy she... Read more

Cole

On March 28, 2008, Cole was born with cancer. When he was 5 days old, Cole had surgery to remove a Wilm’s tumor and his left kidney. At 2 weeks old Cole began a six-mont... Read more

Elle

Elle was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 5 years old (2007). Elle faced many challenges during her young life. She suffered a stroke, lost the use of her right... Read more

Embree

Embree was diagnosed with ALL when she was seven. She achieved remission and endured 28 months of treatment. She relapsed at age 11 after two years off treatment. She is... Read more

Whitaker

Two-year old Whitaker lives with his parents and sister. Eighteen months ago he was diagnosed with Stage IV, high-risk Neuroblastoma, and has been battling ever since, a... Read more

Elise

Elise is an 8 year old that loves baking cupcakes and cooking. She enjoys art and has a fascination with all animals. Her favorites are French Bulldogs, chameleons, and ... Read more

Karalyne

Karalyne is 12 weeks old and was diagnosed with AML in February 2018. Her parents have six other children, three of which primarily live with them and the other three wh... Read more

Judson

Judson was diagnosed on January 18, 2014 with Standard Risk-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). At the young age of 2 Judson’s childhood changed drastically- pla... Read more

Kwami

Kwami was a happy, healthy child until one day he became ill at school and began to exhibit a number of strange symptoms over the next few months. An MRI finally reveale... Read more

MATTIE

Our son, Mattie, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when he was six years old. Mattie endured 14 months of treatment including high dosage chemotherapies, exp... Read more

Julian

Julian is a 3 year old boy being treated for leukemia at UNC Children’s hospital. Julian’s mother has not been able to work since his diagnosis and the family is struggl... Read more

DANIELLE

My name is Danielle and I am a childhood cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with ALL T-Cell Leukemia when I was 11 1/2 years old. My diagnosis came the summer after my fir... Read more

Campbell "Cam"

Cam is the smallest of three sisters in Oakton, VA. Over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, her eyes went suddenly, severely crossed, and we knew something was wrong. An emergen... Read more

Lulu

Lulu was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma class in 2015, she likes to skateboarding, read and listen to music! She moved all the way from Kuwait to start treatmen... Read more

Peter

In January 2013, Peter was 2 and had a new baby brother, when he suddenly became very ill due to a rare blood disorder called HLH. A few months later, he also... Read more

STEPHEN

My family has been bleeding Carolina Blue since my brother joined the football team 6 years ago. You could imagine my excitement my senior year when I was recruited to p... Read more

Cody

Cody loved pirates. He thought if he was tough like them that he could beat the cancer. He was great at lego’s, and loved watching spongebob. Patrick was his favor... Read more

Abby

 

Abby is a 11 year old young lady that has been battling cancer, specifically PH+ ALL (leukemia) since she was 4. Initially diagnosed in Feb 2011, it has be... Read more

Fionn

Fionn was diagnosed with A.L.L. just a few days after his 4th birthday. Although he went into remission very quickly, the treatment for males with A.L.L. is 3.5 years lo... Read more

Ashley

Ashley was diagnosed on August 27, 2010 at age 7 with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (a solid tumor cancer of the sympathetic nervous system) and later developed evidence of PTL... Read more

Mary Kay

Mary Kay was the 4th child in a family of 5 girls, living in Potomac Maryland. At the age of 14, she was excited to be a Freshman at Georgetown Visitation in Washington ... Read more

Alex

Alex graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 2013 and began his first year at the United States Military Academy shortly afterward on a path to become an Army Officer.... Read more

Ryan

Hi, I am Ryan Darby and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was 6 years old. December 23rd, 2009, when most families wer... Read more

Jamal

Jamal was diagnosed with stage 3 of Burkitt’s lymphoma on October 25, 2013. He started chemotherapy at Georgetown hospital and finished on January 17, 2014. He is ... Read more

Kori

After losing her job in early January due to the time off to care for Kori, Diona, Kori’s mother, worked closely with their social worker to obtain Medicaid and SS... Read more

Mostafa

Mostafa and his father are here from Kuwait receiving treatment. They have been away from the rest of their family for over 6 months. They are trying their best to adjus... Read more

Julien

Julien was born on May 11th, 2010 and is 5 years old. Julien as always been a highly energetic child who loves being with his family, especially his brothers Justin and ... Read more

Isilma

Isilma was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4 years old and was treated with chemotherapy for three years. She remembers having to be in the hospital a lot and havin... Read more

James

My name is James Willett and I was diagnosed with Stage-4 Lymphoma thirteen years ago when I was ten years old. I had intensive chemotherapy treatments throughout the su... Read more

Sophia

Sophia was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma with Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome when she was just 20 months old. In the Spring of 2006, at 15 months old, Sophia started stumb... Read more

AVI

Avi was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in the thigh bone of his left leg in April 2005, when he was 2 ½ years old. Luckily, the cancer was confined to the leg... Read more

Henry

Henry is a 16 year old who was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer along with Hashimoto’s disease in April of 2016. Treatment for Henry’s cancer diagnosis included... Read more

Adam

Adam was diagnosed with a very rare form of leukemia when he was 10 months old. He is literally one in a million! The treatment for his prior condition, JMML, was to hav... Read more

Chris

Chris was more than just a twelve year old boy who had his life cut short by acute lymphoblastic leukemia; he was our son and a person who had a strong desire to do his ... Read more

Maya

Maya was diagnosed one week after her third birthday. She had a lot of ups and downs during her chemotherapy treatment. Her courage and her determination saw her through... Read more

Isiah

Isiah is a 17-year old rising senior at St. Albans School in Washington DC. Like most young men, he enjoys sports (especially lacrosse, football, and basketball). In the... Read more

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A STAR is an individual that has been affected by childhood cancer. If you or someone in your family has battled, is battling, or lost their battle with pediatric cancer, we invite you to join our organization as a STAR. (JUST TRYAN IT will only use your first name and will never share your contact information without your prior authorization.)

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