Parkway Run 2015: Run for All of Us

Meet a few of the amazing children who will be running and walking Sept. 19 to raise money for pediatric cancer research and survivorship. The annual Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk has raised millions to support cancer research and survivorship programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This year the 5K run and family walk will be Saturday, Sept. 19 at Lincoln Financial Field.


Parkway Run 2015: Run for All of Us 

Grayson, patient: My name is G-R-A-Y-S-O-N.

Adam, patient: My name is A-D-A-M.

Ayana, patient: My first name is A-Y-A-N-A.

Daulton, patient: D-A-U-L-T-O-N

Liam, patient: My name is Liam Marino, L-I-A-M. It was really scary because all this brain cancer stuff. You can’t think bad about it. Just do one day at a time. And when you start, you see that you’re lucky. You’re really, really lucky.

I just thought that my summer wasn’t going to be as good as it is. But it’s awesome.

Daulton’s mother: He’s a trooper, he is. We use the term rock star a lot. He does, and you know, super hero is another big word that he gets a lot.
You know, we always tell him, “It’s OK to not be happy about a treatment or procedure. You can be scared, but we’ve got to get this done so we can get you healthy.” And he knows it. He started to say, “I’m here kicking cancer’s butt.”

Ayana’s mother: They often say that you’re supposed to be living every day, day by day. You now, and now and truly, we’re now living our lives day by day, moment to moment.

Every little thing matters. Even when I drop her off at school, that’s huge. The fact that she can go to school and walk away no longer taking anything for granted. We now, truly, truly appreciate time that we spend together.

Ayana’s father: Our daughter has become my hero. She’s certainly helped us to see life in a different way. We guide her as parents, but she’s our guiding light.

Adam, patient: In the beginning I thought, “Oh this is all gonna pass, it’s gonna be fine.” But during treatment, there was a point in time when it was, “Is this what it’s gonna be like? Is this how it’s always gonna be?”

But the doctors always said, “You know, this will go away. This does stop. It does get better.”

Adam’s mother: Being the parent of a child with cancer, you just, you’re helpless. They’re watching him, but you’re his mom and you’re gonna be there and do whatever. You know, you’re in there for him for whatever it takes.

Grayson’s mother: When I was told my 2-year-old had a tumor on his brain stem, I didn’t know if I was gonna see him graduate preschool, which he did. And I didn’t know if I was gonna put him on a bus for kindergarten. And here we are and we’re going to. And I credit all of that to CHOP. They gave us hope and in a really, really, really bad situation.

Adam, patient: The one thing that I’m really, really happy to have back is being able to run.

Grayson’s mother: He’s running around, hopping, skipping, jumping, and miracles happen here.

Daulton’s mother: He wants to play baseball in the fall. So you know, he can be a kid again.

Liam, patient: Now I’m doing great. Going back to my normal life.

Ayana’s mother: A lot of love. I’ve never seen it the way we’ve seen it now. The Parkway Run gives a face to childhood cancer.

Ayana’s father: It’s given us hope to continue fighting, and surely at one event bringing all this love and karma together is what we all need.

Liam, patient: I like it. It’s really exciting.

Adam’s mother: Run for Adam.

Daulton’s mother: Walk for Daulton.

Ayana, patient: Walk for me.

Liam, patient: Run for me.

Grayson’s mother: Walk for all of us.

Grayson, patient: Run for all of us.

Related Centers and Programs: Cancer Center, Solid Tumor Program, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program, Relapsed Leukemia and Lymphoma Program, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, Refractory Neuroblastoma Program, Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program, Oncology Psychosocial Services Program