Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who helped celebrate our beautiful son Alex’s life Monday evening and Tuesday. As Derek and I listened to the stories, felt the warmth in each hug we were given, watched each flower so lovingly placed on his casket, and reflect back on Alex’s life – we see so much hope, perserverence, beauty, and love. Alex touched so many lives and we know that his story will continue to do so. We are honored to have been the ones chosen to be his mom and dad.
For those who were unable to join us Monday evening, here is the link to the beautiful video our sweet friend Sara helped me put together…it is perfect in every way and something our family will surely cherish forever.
Thank you to everyone who loved our sweet Alex and who came along this journey with us in every capacity imaginable. We are so blessed and we just have so much love in our hearts for our friends, family, and community.
May you find comfort through God alone and find strength through Alex’s favorite verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Alex passed away at home on June 5th at 8:20 am.
A celebration of his life will begin on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Battlefield Baptist Church, 4361 Lee Highway, Warrenton, VA 20187 (map). The Green family would like to invite you to wear your favorite team jersey or sports attire to Alex’s Celebration of Life.
Funeral services will be held at Park Valley Church, 4500 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169 (map) at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 with the family receiving friends from 11:00 AM until service time. Interment will take place at Stonewall Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of who Alex was–the Green family asks that a donation is made towards a charity or cause of your choice. Every life has a purpose, we encourage you to make a difference wherever your heart and passion lies in honor of Alex.
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Seven-year-old Vinny Desautels learned about cancer for the first time because his mother, Amanda Azevedo, was helping survivors of the disease get ready for a gala. She is a hair stylist who volunteered with a local lymphoma foundation, doing the hair of former cancer patients before they arrived at an annual benefit event.
As Azevedo was leaving one year, Vinny asked, “Hey Mom, what are you doing?”
She explained to her youngest son, as best as she could, the ruthlessness of cancer. Fighting the disease often meant losing your hair, Azevedo said, and this was a tough outcome, particularly for young women. She was just doing something small to help.
Hearing this, Vinny wanted to help, too. “Can I grow my hair out?” he asked.
For the next two years, the Roseville, Calif., kid with a toothy grin sported long brown locks that invited teasing on the playground. “He was mistaken for a girl many times,” his father, Jason Desautels, chuckled in a phone interview with The Washington Post late Monday. “He always took it like a champion.”
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The Poseys plan to help raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and will appear together at a Wednesday news conference at AT&T Park to announce the focus of their philanthropic efforts.
“Kristen and I have been blessed with two healthy kids and the opportunity to contribute to the community in a meaningful way,” Posey said in a statement.
The Poseys plan to focus on awareness, fundraising and patient/family support, and will work with the Giants to organize activities and host events at the ballpark.
“We were shocked to learn that only about 4 percent of cancer funds raised throughout the country are dedicated to pediatric cancer research,” Posey said, “and we felt compelled to lend our voices to this important cause.
“Our hope is that by working with the doctors, patients and their families, we can raise significant awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment.”
The Poseys will partner with ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, an advocate in the fight against pediatric cancer, for a Sept. 14 fundraiser at the ballpark that will benefit the V Foundation and Bay Area pediatric cancer programs.
The Poseys will host another event Sept. 17, the Giants’ Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day.
On Wednesday, New Era will unveil the Buster Posey Pediatric Cancer Awareness 9FORTY cap, the proceeds of which go to support research and treatment. The cap features the gold ribbon for Pediatric Cancer Awareness and the Giants’ logo.
Once a month, the Poseys will host patients receiving treatment at Bay Area hospitals and their families, who’ll be invited to a game as well as a pregame visit with the Poseys.
Battling cancer takes a lot out of a person’s health and overall well being. A new study shows that adults who have survived cancer during childhood feel older than their age, and generally have lower quality-of-life scores when it comes to health.
Dr. Lisa Diller, chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, is the senior author on the study. She says, “Our findings indicate survivors’ accelerated aging, and also helps us understand the health-related risks associated with having had cancer as a child.” Diller adds, “What’s encouraging is that the lower quality-of-life scores are associated with chronic disease after treatment, not with a history of pediatric cancer itself.”
As per UPI’s report, the research team gathered data from pediatric cancer survivors in the USA. Overall quality-of-life scores in relation to health were found to be similar among the age demographics of 18-29 years old and 40 years old.
Patients who had experienced more chronic health problems after surviving cancer tended to have lower quality-of-life scores. Referencing another study on childhood cancer survivors, Diller and her team found that only 20% of 7,000 respondents had no chronic conditions.
Studies have shown that cancer survivors are at high risk for heart disease, other forms of cancer, infertility, lung problems, autoimmune diseases, and other similar chronic conditions. These risks are primarily associated with cancer treatment methods such as radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
Diller goes on to explain that her team’s findings provide a concrete comparison between adults who have survived pediatric cancer and the general population, in terms of quality of life.