Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Giving you an up-close look at the impact that the Hope and Heroes organization and Columbia University Medical Center has on the children it treats in the tri-state.
This is Jack's story...
In 2011, just after he graduated from high school, Jack Cloonan
was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL.
No stranger to tough battles, Jack was born with a rare liver disease
and had three liver transplants by the time he was 2 years old. Jack was treated for his cancer at Columbia, where Hope & Heroes helped support him and his family through 25 months of chemotherapy and 2 weeks of radiation.
The chemotherapy treatment and other drugs caused his teeth and joints to be destroyed. As a result, Jack had a hip and knee placement and now wears dentures.
Today, Jack is a up-and-coming comedian and motivational speaker right here in New York City. He is committed to spreading his story of survival to others and continues to attend Hope & Heroes events.
And this September marks four years that Jack is cancer-free!
Your support of Hope & Heroes helps ensure that patients like Jack receive the very best treatment so they can enjoy as much of their lives as possible.
*Each of these patients and their families has granted permission for their story and photo to be shared by Hope & Heroes and its partners during the September campaign.