Honored Kid

Erik McKenny

Erik McKenny Kid Photo


Kissimmee, FL, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2012



Treated At

Florida Hospital for Children

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Erik was a child full of imagination. At three years old, he knew how to explain everything. I miss Erik's explanations of the world. He loved cake, robots, duplo blocks, books, Green Lantern, Darth Vader, and anything spooky. He did not have a shy bone in his body and never knew a stranger. Erik had an excellent sense of direction and always knew when he was near a toy store, ice cream shop, or a library. Erik was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on August 3, 2012. He died just 34 days later on September 5, 2012. Included in the causes of death on his certificate is chemotherapy. Better treatments are needed for our children. More funding is needed to allow research of better treatments. Please consider donating in Erik's honor today. Erik now has a little sister. She was born a year and a half after his death. I will never know what sort of a big brother he would be. I wonder if he would try to prevent his sister from eating all of her toys, as she is fond of doing, and also something that Erik never did. I will always love Erik and I will always love his sister. I just wish that instead of having pictures of my son and pictures of my daughter, that I could also have pictures of my children.

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