STORIES OF MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
ASK kid Michaela is back on her feet
Meet ASK kid Michaela. She was just twenty months old when she was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor. She endured surgery to remove her left kidney and six months of chemotherapy.
Today, she is a happy, healthy ten year old who loves to cheer, dance, sing, and play piano. She is also quite active in Girl Scouts.
For most kids with cancer, remission doesn't mean jumping right back into a healthy, normal life. Chemotherapy can wear a body down. Kids can experience weight loss, weakened muscles, and low self-esteem.
That's where ASK's Moving Forward partnership program with the YMCA of Greater Richmond steps in.
"My favorite part of Moving Forward is lifting weights," shares Michaela as she picks up the battle ropes to pound out a few reps at the John Rolfe YMCA.
Michaela is one of fifteen kids who is participating in the Moving Forward program this year. Thanks to your support, each child receives a year of personal training along with a YMCA membership for their family.
"The Moving Forward program is wonderful," says Michaela's mom, Marna. "It has assisted Michaela by improving her stamina and endurance. She also feels a sense of accomplishment after completing her work-outs."
Your gifts are making a difference. You are helping kids like Michaela to get back on their feet and active again after cancer. Thank you!