Michael’s Way has donated more than $4,000,000 to area hospitals and helped hundreds of families affected by cancer. Meet some of the children we have helped.
Building Hope for Kids
Building Hope for Kids Recipient: Zander
Age of Diagnosis: 3
Type of Cancer: Leukemia.
Michael’s Way and Flyers Wives have come together to create Building Hope for Kids. We are in our 4th year! Each year, we partner together to work with social workers at various children’s hospitals to help identify a chronically ill child with Cancer from a family in Philadelphia that needs to make renovations to their home. This year we have chosen four-year old Zander from North East Philadelphia, who has Leukemia. With lots of help, we renovate the child’s bedroom and even other rooms of the house as we see fit. Improving the home means improving the quality of life for the patient.
Age of Diagnosis: 16
Type of Cancer: Brain Cancer
While Jose was battling brain cancer, Michael’s Way and the Philadelphia Flyers Wives charity teamed up to renovate his family’s Northeast Philadelphia home.
The family’s unused basement was transformed into a master bedroom suite with access directly outside, making it easier for Jose’s mother to get him to appointments. Volunteers decorated the teenager’s room to make it more fun during his recuperation. Sadly, Jose lost his battle with this devastating disease. He passed away a few months ago, but we are honored to have made the last few months of his short life a little brighter for him and his family.
Age of Diagnosis: 4
Type of Cancer: T-cell acute lymphoid leukemia
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a rare type of cancer that is more common in older children and teenagers, but James has been fighting it since he was in pre-school. It’s a blood cancer that is aggressive and progresses quickly, but it’s hard to tell by looking at this energetic youngster who loves the Flyers and playing with his two brothers.
Tyler ‘s Story
Tyler ‘s Story
Age of Diagnosis: 6
Type of Cancer: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Tyler completed his leukemia treatment exactly one year ago, but he had been bravely battling the disease for 3 years. His mother Kelly explains it’s been emotionally and financially draining for the entire family–including his brother and sister.
Age of Diagnosis: 21
Type of Cancer: Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Besides dealing with grueling cancer treatments, her family worried constantly about making ends meet. The threat of losing their home was very real — until Michael’s Way stepped in.