Tessa was my everything. She fought cancer with a scarf and a smile, and she was never caught without lip gloss and a pair of high heels. She was my best friend, and she is the reason I fight so hard to make a difference so that no one ever goes through the pain of losing their best friend like I have lost mine. Tessa was known for her dancing, her music videos, her loving personality and high sense of fashion. She made more people smile then she even knew. She made this world a better place. At the end of her life, we made a t-shirt fundraiser for her. Silento, the singer of Watch Me, even contributed and bought “We Love Tessa” shirts for himself and his entire team.
I got to meet Riley and her amazing parents when I went to school in Michigan. She was always singing princess songs, coloring, or doing something creative. She loved to learn and sing, and she left her mark on this world. We held a t-shirt fundraiser for her and her family during the final stages of her life.
Charlotte was one of the first kids I got to meet when I started Whip Pediatric Cancer. She stole my heart from the very first time we met with her gracious ballet skills and sweet and quiet personality. She was a perfectionist, an artist, and the best big sister around. Our bond is something so sacred to me. Charlotte passed away after suffering from long-term effects of pediatric cancer. She beat cancer. It was the toxic treatment that ultimately took her life. I forever miss her every day. We were able to do a T-shirt fundraiser for her and her family.
Lily was a beautiful girl who fought Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We had the honor of getting close with her and her family from the beginning of her fight. She stole our hearts with her wild imagination and fierce love of princesses and everything pink. Unfortunately, she passed away in September 2020. Our hearts broke for our little Lily. We created a T-shirt fundraiser reading “Lily Bea Strong,” where family and friends were able to show their love and support for the bravest girl in NYC.
Both Maddy and Jack bravely battled Wilms Tumor at a very young age. The twins are both healthy, surviving, and thriving. If having two kids with cancer wasn’t enough heartbreak, at the beginning of the pandemic, Maddy and Jack lost their beloved father, Joe due to COVID19. We knew we had to help them during this heartbreaking and difficult time.
Mason loves sports (especially baseball), Fortnite, and a good slice of pizza, but his love for his family is what inspires us most. Mason bravely fought Stage 4 Neuroblastoma and beat it. Admits the COVID 19 pandemic, Mason had routine scans where he relapsed. It was urgent to get him to New York City for treatment. We were able to assist Mason and his dad and help them get to NYC and not worry about bills for the next few months. We raised money via Facebook and also held a T-shirt fundraiser where T-shirts read “Mason’s Miracle.”
JW is the cutest little man I got the honor to visit a couple of times during their visits to NYC. Though he was so young, he was the bravest guy. He was always smiling and playing with his little brother. Even on his way to the hospital, he always had time to open a present and give hugs and high fives. JW ultimately passed away in 2020. His family needed assistance with funeral expenses, so we were able to help them with this.
Though I never got the pleasure to meet Reece in person, I have followed along closely with his battle via Facebook. He has the cutest little smile, and it is so easy to fall in love with him even miles away. Mom heard about Whip Pediatric Cancer and asked if we could help her; she wanted to take Reece on a cancer-free vacation; she was struggling financially. We knew we wanted to help in any way we could.
Sarina’s story is one that hits very close to home for me. She lives in the town over, and she is 21 years old, just like me. We met during her first fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia when we were seniors in High School. Now, as seniors in college, we talked about breakups and new clothes until she received the dreaded news that she relapsed and has to fight this beast once again. I wanted her to be able to do something that fueled her soul.
Finn is a family friend of our beloved Hunter Rose. She does not have cancer but has been treated on the pediatric oncology floor at Seattle Children’s Hospital for her immensely rare conditions. She even received chemotherapy as part of her treatment. Because of the rarity of her illness, there are no foundations that are aimed to help her. Hunter’s mom reached out and asked if there was anything we could do as the family struggled. Our hearts broke, and we knew we had to help!
Kaylee fought cancer for over eight years. Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We met Kaylee early on when we started Whip Pediatric Cancer. Her laugh was contagious; she was athletic, smart, funny, quick whited, and loved to tickle me and pull pranks on me. She loved Starbucks, video games, LEGO’s, and playing soccer. One time she pulled my shoe-laces out of my sneakers so that I couldn’t leave when it was time to go home. Sadly, at the end of Kaylee’s battle, she lost mobility in her legs, which made it difficult for her to do basic things like making it upstairs to her shower. We were able to help her family to create a handicap accessible shower for her.
Shelli battled Stage 4 Neuroblastoma for a long time. She and I became friends over the internet. We would often message and just talk like regular friends would. Our schedules never lined up to meet in person, but I felt like I knew her. She lost all of her mobility towards the end of her fight, and we decided to help her get some things that were handicap accessible for her new home with her new husband.
Rose is the perfect mix of sugar and spice. She is all princess at pink at times, but also enjoys hanging out with New York State Police Department and playing Pokémon. We fell in love with Rosie after getting to visit her in NYC. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, Rose relapsed and had to start treatment once again. Relapsing is never easy, but during a pandemic, it makes it even more difficult. We wanted to help her and her family the best that we could.
We never got the honor to meet Lily but fell in love with her via social media. When doctors told Lily’s parents there was nothing else to do treatment wise, her family decided they wanted to get her a dog to raise her spirits. We were able to help them bring a puppy home to their sweet Lily to enjoy during a rough part of her journey.
Trinity is the sweetest and spunkiest girl. I got to meet her when at school in Tampa. Trinity moved into a new house during treatment, and her family never got around to decorating her room. We wanted to help, so we raised money for Trinity to pick out some new accessories for her big girl room.
Elijah is such a strong little boy. He can usually be found playing hide and go seek and cracking jokes. He is going through a hard time right now and needed all the help he could get. Because of the pandemic we aren’t able to see him but we wanted to help him and his family navigate these touch waters.