Honored Kid

Patrick McNamara (patmacspack)

Patrick McNamara (patmacspack) Kid Photo

Location

Chicago, IL, US

Diagnosis

Ependymoma, Brain tumor

Date of Diagnosis

February 2000

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

Pat loved life! Even though he had a recurrent brain tumor for 11 years, he under went multiple surgeries, chemotherapy trials and radiation without complaint. He happily went to school each day to see his friends and teachers. He loved learning new things and making his classmates laugh with his witty sense of humor. He played on school teams for basketball and volleyball, and had parts in the school plays. He was also a student council officer. On weekends he loved hanging out with his friends. He was a huge Chicago fan and loved going to professional games including the Bears, Cubs and Hawks. He also loved Notre Dame football. In the summer Pat loved to travel and visited many locations throughout the USA and abroad. One of his favorite weeks of the year was his annual trip to Camp Quality Illinois, a week long camp for kids with all types of cancer. Pat was a real social animal and loved keeping in touch with people on Facebook. He especially loved playing the many on line games offered including, Farmville and Cityville. Pat also had many friends at Children's Memorial Hospital where he spent many days throughout the years fighting his disease with bravery and stamina. He loved his doctors, nurses and other para professionals, and they in turn loved him back. He was always willing to try new treatments and participate in clinical trials if he thought it might help him or others. Last year Pat's school held their first ever St. Baldrick's day event. Many school moms worked tirelessly to decorate the gym and organize the day's events. Some highlights included custom made tee shirts, and music provided by a live band headed up by his uncle. Patrick was just out of the hospital and was so excited to be a part of the days festivities. He said, "this is the best day of my life." Please help us help kids like Pat have a chance to beat cancer. Support St. Baldrick's Day when and where you can. After all Pat would be so happy to know you are helping other kids in his name!

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