Michael’s Way has donated more than $4,000,000 to area hospitals and helped hundreds of families affected by cancer. Meet some of the children we have helped.

Our Impact

Building Hope for Kids Recipient: Syrianna

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Age: 9 months
Age at Diagnosis: 3 months
Type of Cancer: Optic Glioma
We were lucky enough to partner with Flyers Charities for our 6th year to remodel the home of St. Christopher’s patient, Syrianna. This renovation will provide a safe and comfortable environment for Syrianna to rest and grow as she fights her battle with cancer. We are grateful to her and her family for welcoming us with open arms.

Building Hope for Kids Recipient: Bisan

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Building Hope for Kids Recipient: Bisan

Age: 9

Age at Diagnosis: 6 months

Type of Cancer: Progressive Optic Pathway Glioma

This was the 5th year that we have teamed up with the Flyers Wives to spread some joy by remodeling the home of St. Christopher’s patient, Bisan Abu Ali. We were honored to get to know Bisan and her family. They are the true heroes and give us more inspiration than they know. We only wish this home makeover brings a lot of strength and hope to her battle with cancer.

 

NFL Heroes Fight Childhood Cancer

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NFL Heroes Fight Childhood Cancer

We had so much fun at our Annual Bert Bell Memorial Dinner and watching this video brings back those great memories! Try to watch this without a smile.

Thank you to the coordinators, our Board Members, the staff at Vie and all of our wonderful volunteers that work tirelessly to put on this event. This year’s dinner was a great success! We can’t wait to do it again next year.

Michael’s Way: Our Mission

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Michael’s Way: Our Mission

Michael’s Way was founded in 2002 by Chris McElwee in memory of his late brother, Michael, who lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 25. Our mission is to improve the lives of children with pediatric cancer and to support their parents struggling under the financial strain of such a devastating diagnosis.

13th Annual Fun Fest

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13th Annual Fun Fest

Date: June 30, 2015

Location: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Oncology Unit

Once a year, we like to throw a party for the Oncology patients at one of our partnered hospitals. This year, we celebrated with the patients at CHOP. They were able to come out of their rooms and get their face painted, take pictures in a photo booth, make crafts and eat! Thanks to our volunteers and CHOP staff for making this a great event! It was nice to see the patients having so much fun.

Building Hope for Kids

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Building Hope for Kids Recipient: Zander

Age: 4

Age of Diagnosis: 3

Type of Cancer: Leukemia.

Michael’s Way and Flyers Wives have come together to create Building Hope for Kids. We are in our 4th year!  Each year,  we partner together to work with social workers at various children’s hospitals to help identify a chronically ill child with Cancer from a family in Philadelphia that needs to make renovations to their home. This year we have chosen four-year old Zander from North East Philadelphia, who has Leukemia. With lots of help, we renovate the child’s bedroom and even other rooms of the house as we see fit. Improving the home means improving the quality of life for the patient.

Jose’s Story

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Jose’s Story

Age: 18

Age of Diagnosis: 16

Type of Cancer: Brain Cancer

While Jose was battling brain cancer, Michael’s Way and the Philadelphia Flyers Wives charity teamed up to renovate his family’s Northeast Philadelphia home.

The family’s unused basement was transformed into a master bedroom suite with access directly outside, making it easier for Jose’s mother to get him to appointments. Volunteers decorated the teenager’s room to make it more fun during his recuperation. Sadly, Jose lost his battle with this devastating disease. He passed away a few months ago, but we are honored to have made the last few months of his short life a little brighter for him and his family.

James’ Story

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James’ Story

Age: 7

Age of Diagnosis: 4

Type of Cancer: T-cell acute lymphoid leukemia

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a rare type of cancer that is more common in older children and teenagers, but James has been fighting it since he was in pre-school.  It’s a blood cancer that  is aggressive and progresses quickly, but it’s hard to tell by looking at this energetic youngster who loves the Flyers and playing with his two brothers.

Tyler ‘s Story

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Tyler ‘s Story

Age: 10

Age of Diagnosis: 6

Type of Cancer: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Tyler completed his leukemia treatment exactly one year ago, but he had been bravely battling the disease for 3 years. His mother Kelly explains it’s been emotionally and financially draining for the entire family–including his brother and sister.

Tiffany’s Story

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Tiffany’s Story

Age: 22

Age of Diagnosis: 21

Type of Cancer: Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Besides dealing with grueling cancer treatments, her family worried constantly about making ends meet. The threat of losing their home was very real — until Michael’s Way stepped in.

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