JOIN US and be ALL IN for Lurie Children's

JOIN US August 14-18, 2017 as we embark the 18th annual Eric & Kathy's Kids, formally known as the MIX Radiothon. Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2017, we will raise life-saving funds to give kids in the Chicago area and around the word, healthier and brighter futures.

Help make your impact on Lurie Children's as part of the Eric & Kathy's Kids movement. On behalf of the 200,000 kids treated annually at Lurie Children's, thank you for being "ALL IN"!

Want to know how you can be involved? Contact Deanna Kerns at dkerns@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7321 for more information.

How you can help Eric & Kathy's Kids

Eric & Kathy's Kids five-day movement will bring us all together to raise life-saving funds "All in for Lurie Children's." Together we will help kids in the Chicago area and around the world have brighter futures.

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Meet some of Eric & Kathy's Kids 2017 featured patient families

Grace
Miles
Joshua
Anthony and Talia
Alexandria
Chase

Grace

After failing her Auditory Brainstem Response test multiple times after birth, Grace's parents were given very little hope that she would ever be able to hear. Grace was referred to Lurie Children's when she was three months old. Her parents were told she had been misdiagnosed and had Brainstem Auditory Pathway Dysfunction in both ears. Doctors reassured them that therapy would help Grace hear and at 4-months-old after a month of therapy Grace responded to her name for the first time. On December 29, 2015, Grace passed her ABR hearing test! Grace's mom said, "The doctors at Lurie Children's knew that we would stop at nothing to help our little girl and they were there with us fighting every step of the way."

Donate today to give hope to more kids like Grace.

Miles

3-year-old Miles was diagnosed with rare Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1 at three months old, which meant Miles would need a liver and kidney transplant. On January 29, 2017 after months of dialysis, Miles received a new liver. After a couple of living donors did not match, Ashley, Miles' mom, posted on Facebook asking if it was on anyone's bucket list to save a life. Miles' dad, Ryan, had a high school classmate, Liz, who volunteered to get tested. She was a match! On February 6, 2017, Liz donated her kidney to Miles. Meanwhile, Ryan has been battling metastatic cancer and undergoing over 70 rounds of chemotherapy. Miles is currently four months post kidney transplant and doing well. Ryan has since stopped treatment and started hospice knowing that his son is going to be ok.

Donate today to give strength to more kids like Miles.

Joshua

In February 2016, 11-year-old Joshua was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumor called DIPG, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. These tumors are located in the part of the brainstem that controls essential bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, eyesight and balance. Joshua while undergoing treatment at Lurie Children's would often share jokes with his doctor. When Joshua lost his ability to speak, he would share his humor through texts and e-mails. Joshua passed away in January 2017. Joshua was adamant about his tumor being removed for research to help other kids diagnosed with this disease.

Donate today to help research in honor of Joshua.

Anthony and Talia

In June 2014, the Pisano family was brought to Lurie Children's when 10-month-old Talia was diagnosed with cancer. About a month after Talia finished her treatments, the family noticed that Anthony, Talia's older brother, had his midsection pushed out on one side. In January 2015, 4-year-old Anthony was diagnosed with Ganglioneuroblastoma. Anthony underwent rounds of chemotherapy but it failed to shrink the tumor. The next choice was a risky, invasive surgery. After a successful surgery, Anthony finished treatments five months later. The family thought they were in the clear, until Talia had a seizure and the family was told that she had a reoccurrence of cancer in three areas of the brain. The rest of 2015 was spent fighting cancer again. The siblings each lost a kidney through treatment and Talia has been told she will eventually need a kidney transplant in her future. It has been a year and a half since they have both been off treatment and show "no evidence of disease".

Donate today to be all in for kids like Anthony and Talia.

Alexandria

Alexandria was diagnosed with SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular disease which is the most common, rare genetic disease and is the #1 genetic cause of death for infants. There was no available treatment for SMA... no hope. Alexandria was 6 months and the family was fighting with Alexandria to keep the disease at bay. The Expanded Access Program was approved at Lurie's the same day the family was talking with the palliative care about letting her go. On November 2, 2016, hope came. Alexandria was dosed with the first ever treatment for SMA on the day the Cub's won the World Series. The day their lives got the ultimate grand slam.

Donate today to give hope to more kids like Alexandria.

Chase

On July 31, 2012, Chase was diagnosed with an aggressive, malignant brain and spine cancer when he was two years of age. At the time, he was given only 6 months to live - about a 20% chance of survival. Within hours of his July 31st seizure, it became abundantly clear to doctors at the local hospital that Chase's case was beyond their purview and Chase was immediately transferred to the brand new Lurie Children's facility. In less than 48 hours, Chase was in the operating room, having a 6cm tumor successfully removed. Despite the tumor removal, there were cancer cells all over the brain and spine and they were spreading rapidly, too numerous to remove. After less than two weeks of recovery, Chase began a grueling but necessary chemotherapy and radiation regiment. The program would last fourteen months, and encompass, ten different chemos (sometimes as many as five given on a single admission), sixteen spinal taps, over sixty blood and platelet transfusions, and sixteen surgeries to remove/replace failed central lines worn out by the constant use in measures to keep Chase alive.

Donate today to be all in for kids like Chase.

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