On April 1, 2011, it was official: 2 ½-year-old Malia Dakota Jusczyk's carefree life of Disney World and pony rides, soccer practice and swimming pools, came to a grinding halt. A CT scan revealed that Malia's recent "tummy aches" were caused by a large tumor lodged in her abdomen. The solid mass wrapped around major blood vessels and pushed against her kidney and aorta.

A biopsy confirmed that Malia has a very aggressive childhood cancer known as stage IV (high risk) neuroblastoma. The cancer had metastasized into her bones and bone marrow (cranium, humerus, and femur). Immediately after the debilitating diagnosis, Malia's parents, Megan and Glen, left Orlando, Florida in order to provide their daughter with the best treatment currently available to her at the Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts.

To survive, Malia's little body had to endure six rounds of chemo, nine hours of tumor resection surgery, a stem cell transplant, removal of a kidney and an adrenal gland, twelve rounds of proton radiation, countless blood transfusions, and immunotherapy.

We are thrilled to share that as of July 2012, Malia has been declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). Yay!! However, since the rate of relapse with neuroblastoma is so high (and since there is no cure once a child relapses), we have entered her in a two-year-long remission trial, which utilizes a medication called DFMO 2/day and includes scans every three months as well as monthly oncology appointments.

Malia, like all children diagnosed with this awful disease, has shown an unbelievable strength and willpower throughout her treatment. We are thankful for every single day we get with our beautiful daughter!

Unfortunately, many parents can't say the same. The fact remains that every sixteen hours a child dies from neuroblastoma, and although cancer is the number one disease killer of our children, only 3.8% of cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer. That is why we have chosen to expand the non-profit, For Kids’ Sake (created by Malia's dad, Glen Jusczyk), to raise money for neuroblastoma research as well as for families of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

According to the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Society: "For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000 with many costs not covered by health insurance, this experience can devastate a family financially."

Please consider donating to this very worthy cause and helping more children crush cancer!

Fundraising Events

3rd Annual 5K & Tri to Crush Cancer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Attleboro Town Hall
43 S Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA

Tri to Crush Cancer: 9 am start time
5K to Crush Cancer: 10 am start time

On July 27, join us for the 3rd Annual Triathlon to Crush Cancer in North Attleboro, MA. Last year's race was such a success – let's make this year an even bigger hit. Sign up to bike, run, and swim to raise money to fight neuroblastoma, or just come for the fun and games! New this year: a 5K run!

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Holiday Fundraiser Update

Thank you for your generous donations! Because of you For Kids' Sake Foundation was able to send a $10,000 check to Dr. Scholler's DFMO trial. We are making a difference!! Update: No child in the study that Malia is in has relapsed to date! This is very promising.

Benefit Yard Sale

Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm
101 Church Ave.
Northbridge, MA

Join us for a For Kids' Sake Benefit Yard Sale this May. We'll be collecting donations right up until the day of the yard sale. To learn more, visit the Facebook event page.

Amazon Smile For Kids' Sake

Click below to raise money for the For Kids' Sake Foundation while you shop at Amazon. It's a fun way to help a great cause!

For Kids' Sake Foundation, Inc.

Pink Malia Goalkeeper Gloves now available from GK Icon USA

GK Icon USA launches the Pink "Malia" glove as a great addition to their line. This glove stems from the inspiration of Malia Jusczyk and her fight against Neuroblastoma. Proceeds from glove sales will go directly to Malia's foundation. This model is a top of the line match quality glove. The palm is a 4mm super giga grip with a roll finger design. The backhand is embossed latex along with a full embossed latex wrist strap and enclosure. Retail price is $45, comparable models retail for over $100 for this type of glove. Click here to learn more and buy.

Bumper Stickers and Wristbands

We now have MaliaCrushesCancer.com magnetic bumper stickers and wristbands. If you'd like some, please make a donation, then e-mail us with your address and the quantity you wish to receive, and we'd be happy to mail them to you.

Want to raise funds and awareness for Malia's Foundation? We welcome any and all fundraisers to help crush cancer. Email Amber Start at forkidssakefoundation@gmail.com to get started.

Cancer Sucks T-Shirts

For every donation of $10 or more, we'll send you a Cancer Sucks T-shirt with this awesome logo designed by Maggie Sheppard. When you go to make the donation, click on the "send a message to the seller" link and specify the size. For donations of $20 or more, we can send you two T-shirts, and so on... Donate to help Malia crush cancer, then wear your T-shirt to help spread the word!

If you forgot to specify your T-shirt size when you donated or for any other reason haven't received your T-shirt, please e-mail Glen with your size and we'll send you one right away.





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