We are a childhood cancer foundation inspired by 2 year old Jacob. Jacob is a beautiful and smart little boy who bravely fought cancer. In 2012 we found out that Jacob, a son of a close friend of ours has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma – one of the most popular types of cancer found in children and in infants. Jacob and his family live in Poland.
Jacob went through an extensive treatment, many chemotherapies, autografting bone marrow, and radiation. Parents were devastated when they were informed by doctors that all possible treatment options have been exhausted and the only thing that could save their little boy’s life is antibody and interleukin treatment (Anti-GD2) available at the Greifswald clinic in Germany. With Anti-GD2 in its clinical stage and costs reaching €80,000 ($106,000) Polish National Health Insurance rejected to cover such treatment. Together with friends we reached out to the Polish-American community in Chicago and helped raise funds for Jacob’s treatment. With our help Jacob was cured at the German clinic and in September he attended school for the very first time.
During these efforts we realized that we have the potential to help other children in need. It was for this reason the YCBMAF was started – because every child with cancer deserves every chance to live. YCBMAF’s purpose is to provide encouragement and to support kids fighting life threatening diseases.
We invite you to become a volunteer, a sponsor or to donate to our cause. Whatever you choose, you are helping children with cancer get their families get the vital support they need. Let them know they are not alone.
YOU CAN BE SOMEBODY’S ANGEL TOO!