Spotlight of the Month

July: Sarah Caplan, 7th grader at The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA

July: Sarah Caplan, 7th grader at The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA

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Date: June 28, 2017
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Sarah recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and wanted to mark this occasion by giving back.  She is a smart 13 year old who likes to play squash, hang with friends and paint. But Sarah also knows how lucky she is to have her health. For her mitzvah project she chose to help out a charity […]

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June: Charlize Nunez Rivera, 6th grader at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

June: Charlize Nunez Rivera, 6th grader at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

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Date: May 31, 2017
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Charlize is a pre-teen who loves animals, especially dogs. She can look at a picture and tell you the breed. She loves watching videos on youtube and like most girls, she loves to shop. Her favorite stores are Old Navy and Target. Charlize is lucky enough to have three brothers and one baby sister who […]

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May: Laynee Shiann, Kindergartner at WCK Walls School, Pitman, NJ

May: Laynee Shiann, Kindergartner at WCK Walls School, Pitman, NJ

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Date: May 1, 2017
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Creative, rambunctious and social butterfly are three ways to describe our Spotlight. Laynee loves to try new things, make friends and dance. She enjoys watching The Phillies with her family and playing Frisbee outside. Miss Laynee has been considered cancer free for about 3 months now. But, she has battled Embryonic Vaginal Rhabdomyosarcoma for most […]

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April: Ka’lon White, 6 yrs old from Matthews, NC

April: Ka’lon White, 6 yrs old from Matthews, NC

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Date: April 3, 2017
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This lovable little boy has a spunky personality and is not afraid to speak his mind. He loves to play with his toys like monster trucks, legos and anything Star Wars. These are great distractions while spending time at Levine Children’s Hospital located in Charlotte, NC. Just a few months ago, Ka’lon’s mother noticed lumps […]

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March: Stephanie Fooks-Parker, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) Social Worker at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

March: Stephanie Fooks-Parker, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) Social Worker at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Date: March 1, 2017
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Stephanie, a Philly native, is a loving wife of 25 years to her husband, M. Bart, and also proud mama to her 16 year old son, Harrison. She enjoys traveling with her family to Florida and most recently Quebec City. When she is not working, she loves to read and bike ride. Stephanie is a […]

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February: Syrianna Negron, 9 month old, Philadelphia, PA

February: Syrianna Negron, 9 month old, Philadelphia, PA

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Date: February 1, 2017
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Baby Syrianna is always happy, playful and smiling. She is a beautiful little girl who lights up the room when she dances to music and tries to walk. Syrianna continues to smile even though at the young age of three months old, she was diagnosed with Optic Glioma. When Syrianna was just one month old, her […]

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January: Brianna Gansert, Junior at Mainland High School, Linwood, NJ

January: Brianna Gansert, Junior at Mainland High School, Linwood, NJ

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Date: January 4, 2017
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In September of 2014, Brianna was a 14 year old freshman in high school just four days into the new school year when she was diagnosed with Bilineage Leukemia. For the next year she spent more time in the hospital than out because of reactions she was having to the treatment. She suffered a lung […]

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December: Matthew Cruz, 4 years old, Philadelphia, PA

December: Matthew Cruz, 4 years old, Philadelphia, PA

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Date: November 30, 2016
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Matthew has big brown eyes, a loud mouth, fierce personality and his shark teeth smile is the sunshine in his mother’s morning. He loves to cuddle and enjoys buttering you up to get what he wants. He is a four year old boy that suffers perfectly from middle child syndrome.  He tries to out due […]

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November: Reilly Shimko, Kindergartner at Peters Elementary School, Walnutport, PA

November: Reilly Shimko, Kindergartner at Peters Elementary School, Walnutport, PA

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Date: November 2, 2016
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Reilly just turned 6 years old! He is a very outgoing boy who loves to get dirty, ride bikes and play football. Shortly after his 4th birthday he was complaining that his legs hurt. His parents rushed him to the ER and within 5 hours they were being told that their son had cancer. Reilly […]

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October: Orland Cortes, Kindergartner at Taylor Bayard School, Philadelphia, PA

October: Orland Cortes, Kindergartner at Taylor Bayard School, Philadelphia, PA

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Date: October 3, 2016
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Orland is a brave 5 year old boy who lives and goes to school in the Philadelphia area. Like most little boys, he is very active, plays a lot and knows how to have fun. His favorite sport is football and loves to play video games on his Playstation. Orland also likes to read and listen to stories, watch movies and cartoons.

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