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Pediatric Cancer speech at local high school

Filled with nerves and anticipation that speaking in front of 2,000 people can bring our VP, Deena Westenhofer, spoke to the students and faculty at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA on February 10th, 2017.   Deena was asked to share her son Owen’s story about his fight with cancer as part of the school’s fundraising activities for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program.  

Deena talked to the students about how shocked her family was to learn about Owen’s cancer.  She discussed the challenges of the various chemotherapy and surgeries required during the course of his treatment.  She expressed her heartbreak in the end when they were told there were no more treatment options for Owen.  

She explained to the students that Owen’s story didn’t end there.  His legacy continues in our charity’s efforts to raise hope, awareness, and funding for pediatric cancer research.  She told them  that their efforts to raise money would help to fund new and innovative research being done at Children’s,  research that may provide less toxic treatments or cures for children. 

As of the 10th of February, students at James Madison High School had raised $3,580 for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program with their t-shirt sales, ticket sales, and general donations; and  they were just getting started.  Go JMHS Warhawks! 


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