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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abby

Abby is a 10 year old young lady that has been battling cancer, specifically PH+ ALL (leukemia) since she was 4. Initially diagnosed in Feb 2011, it has been a long jour... Read more

Become a STAR for JUST TRYAN IT?

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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