Meet Connor McGoff. He is the inspiration behind our efforts to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Margaret met Connor in 2011 when he was just 18 months old and had been diagnosed for the first time with leukemia. When she came to visit him in the hospital as he underwent chemotherapy for the first time to consult on feeding progress, he always wanted to do laps in the hallways! He did this despite the fact that he was fatigued, nauseous from chemotherapy, with a low immune system. Margaret has run since she was 13 years old, and Connor's passion for the activity at such a young age inspired her and made her feel grateful for her ability to go out and run the trails whenever. At the 2013 Pikes Peak marathon Margaret wore a photo of Connor on her race bib, and she was so inspired as she ran. After the finish, her boyfriend proposed to her at the top. So in a way, Connor was there for a pivotal moment. It was only fitting that he be the ring bearer at her wedding in 2014. Connor underwent a bone marrow transplant in August of 2017 after his second relapse of leukemia. On July 17 of 2018, just two short weeks before the one year anniversary of his bone marrow transplant, Connor’s leukemia relapsed for the third time. He briefly went into remission for four weeks while awaiting Cart T-cells, but as he awaited the cells, he relapsed a fourth time. Years of chemotherapy have begun to impact his nervous system making standing painful at times, his endurance for activity is compromised from all of the medical treatments he has undergone. He can only stand for short periods of time before becoming fatigued and expressing pain. With his fourth relapse of leukemia he is undergoing yet another round of chemotherapy and is awaiting cutting edge treatment of Cart-T cells, which will require all of the numbers falling into place.
Each year about 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, and it is the number one cause of childhood death in the United States. We want to raise awareness of this in any way we can.