February 23 2011, CANCER! To say we were all shocked, would be a monumental understatement. There had to be a mistake…. He was in his prime; our son Tyler (16 yrs old) was in the fight of his life. As a family, we were obviously asking ourselves, “What just happened”, “Why us”, “Why Tyler”. Being an extremely private family, it was difficult for us to accept assistance from anyone that wasn’t in our immediate circle. We all approached this disease just as Tyler wished and that was treating this news no different than any of his wrestling matches (“fights”) that he had taken on. “What do we need to do to beat this?” No Pity, No Excuses…. NVR SURRENDER! We were all ready to do whatever it took, but it changed us all, and still continues to be the hardest thing our family has ever experienced.
What did CANCER make us realize ???
We are not alone… Other patients and families need support and someone that has been in their shoes. Therefore, we feel it in our hearts to give back and pay it forward.
From our personal experiences came No White Flags for Cancer. The goal of our Organization is simple… Assist families affected by Pediatric Cancer. Our deepest desire is to help bridge any gap we can by sharing our story and inspiring other patients / families to NVR SURRENDER! We accomplish our goal by using our Website, Social Media and Fundraising Events as a resource to help families remove any obstacles that would keep them from staying strong and succeeding through their diagnosis. We partner with Hospitals, Family Services and Schools to provide Patient / Family counseling as part of the plan for Recovery. This will
include ways to stay integrated socially during and once treatments are complete.