Shredfest 5 and Shredfest 3 were dedicated to Shredhead Emma Knickman (formerly Andreas) who is now a high school graduate and is going through her fourth battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). She is a patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and updates to her journal can be found at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andreasknickman.
Shredfest 4 was dedicated to Ashley Jensen-Pray. In 2011 She underwent treatment at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA with a clinical trial that was supported by Shred Kids' Cancer! While in remission, Ashley became a director on the board of Shred Kids' Cancer and was our top fundraiser for Be Bold Be Bald 2012! Sadly her cancer returned in July of 2013 and due to complications, she earned her angel wings on December 8, 2013. Her positive outlook and always happy to help personality and her determination made her a hero to our organization. We will miss you Ashley but we know you are still with us in spirit.
"I am so grateful for Shred Kids' Cancer making the worst experience of my life something much more than misery! I look forward to always being a part of SKC and helping other kids go through what I am going through"-Ashley Jensen-Pray, Shredhead
Our first Shredhead, Alex Berson who was the inspiration for Shred Kids' Cancer. Alex was diagnosed six years ago with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Now at 20 something years old, and off at college, Alex is doing great today thanks to a lot of hard work from the doctors at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Alex helped spread awareness and his family served on the first board of directors of Shred Kids' Cancer.
A Shredhead is someone our Shred Kids' Cancer community rallies behind to show support during their battle. We work with the Shredhead's families, doctors and hospitals to show the Shredheads that their community of peers is here for them. The Shredhead bravely agrees to be in the spotlight and share their story to raise awareness and much-needed funds that can be directed to pediatric clinical trials that may suit their needs and require funding.
Logan is a 9-year-old avid sports fan. At age 4 he was already accumulating stripes on his karate belt. On September 12, 2009, he was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) which causes overproduction of white blood cells in bone marrow. Logan's initial course of treatment was 9 intense months which were difficult and debilitating but he fought through it. Logan continued with the maintenance chemotherapy and his life became relatively normal. Treatment lasted 40 months and on January 5, 2013, Logan took his last dose of chemo.
Unfortunately, in April 2013, leukemia returned and was much more aggressive. Logan began his second treatment in May 2013. Most of the chemo is done inpatient and he can't go to school or play any sports due to his compromised immune system and neuropathy.
Showing his family just how strong he is, Logan embraced the situation and seems to handle this challenge with a positive attitude and cheerful spirit. To keep the family entertained when Logan is up to it, they try to turn the oncology ward into a children's sports center. They have a basketball hoop for pick up games, a putting green for tournaments, a foam baseball and bat for hitting practice and there have been the occasional football touchdowns in the hallways. Logan repeatedly shows everyone how much determination he has and that he is in this fight for as long as it takes. After all, he's a Red Sox fan so he knows patience pays off.
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