Honored Kid

Jennifer Accardo

Jennifer Accardo Kid Photo

Location

Shirley, NY, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

October 2004

Status

Angel

Treated At

Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital

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My Story

Jen was you typical kid growing up and as a young teenager was beginning to spread her wings and test her independence. She was also a big fan of NASCAR and basically all types of motorsports. But her life was turned upside-down when she was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 14. The type of cancer she was diagnosed with is exceedingly rare and the doctors seem to believe that with her presentation she was the only person to have this type of cancer in the US. It's called Lepto-Meningeal Sarcoma. The presentation was so unusual that it took the doctors 2 months and many diagnostic scans and LPs before they could pinpoint the actual type of cancer it was and how to treat it. Jen underwent over a year of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation and was in remission for 2 years. She even started her own cottage business making buttons (pins) which she sold at craft fairs. Sadly in 2008 the cancer was back but she refused to slow down. One thing that she gained from this whole experience of cancer is that she had a passion for fundraising for any type of pediatric cancer related foundations. She was particularly active with St Baldrick's and became a member of the Northport (NY) committee. Jen reentered treatment in June of 2008 immediately after her graduation from High School and her senior prom. She did very well on her new treatment for over a year and on March 17 2009 she was the honored child at the site of the original St Baldrick's Day with the 3 founders present . Sadly this would be her last event. In March 2010 St Baldrick's founder Tim Kenny shaved his head in Jen's honor and on May 25, 2010 she became an angel. Jen's spirit lives on in the lives she touched, and each year the Jen's Ducks team assembles to shave their heads in her memory and raise funds to help find a cure for this evil disease that preys on children. This year (2014) The main Northport St Baldrick's event will be on March 8th; the eve Jennifer's birthday. It is ironic in a way that the event in Northport occurs on or within days of Jen's birthday each year... In Jennifers honor and memory make your donation a birthday gift for all kids fighting cancer..PLEASE HELP AND DONATE!! Thank you

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