They called him Mr. Cheeks for the frequent, easy smiles that stretched across his face. Alan was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in his hip at 17 months old, but for the five years he graced this earth, Alan was pure joy. He was such an active, engaged child that it was hard to keep him occupied during long hospital stays. “Alan was unstoppable,” his mom says. He learned to walk three times in his short life: as a toddler, as his hip recovered from the tumor damage, and again after having his hip removed.
Alan passed away on January 17, 2013, after battling cancer for most of his life. His parents vowed to continue the fight through the Hero Fund they established at St. Baldrick’s in his name. His bright light shines on through the countless lives he touched, in the research for a cure that is funded in his memory, and in the hope that the research gives to the children and families who follow in his footsteps.
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