Joey: Parkway Run Patient Ambassador 2013

Joey was treated for leukemia, a blood cancer that accounts for about one third of all childhood cancer diagnoses. In 2013, CHOP chose Joey to be an ambassador for its largest annual fundraiser, the Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk, because he is brave in the face of his cancer diagnosis.


Joey, 7, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Joey's Mother: Joey was sent down here to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be treated.

Joey: It was kind of hard for me to breathe, and I got really tired really easily.

Joey's Mother: He was told within a few hours that he had leukemia.

Interviewer: So the nurses or the doctors, do you remember them?

Joey: Uh-huh.

Interviewer: What were they like?

Joey: Like my friends.

Joey's Mother: I'm grateful that we were able to detect Joey's leukemia so early and have him at CHOP so that he could be treated and he can be free of cancer, free of leukemia, and have a full life ahead of him.

Interviewer: What do you feel like now?

Joey: I feel pretty good.

Joey's Mother: This is amazing, an amazing place to be. Every year, 10,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer. My son is one of them. We need money for research. Walk for my son. Walk for Joey.

Topics Covered: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Related Centers and Programs: Cancer Center, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program