September 23rd 2016 | Posted by emily

#FamilyFriday Update on Julia Davidson!

Haaaaappy Family Friday, CORE Family! Are you ready for the weekend? Before you drop everything and run off into the sun to enjoy the first weekend of Fall, take a minute to read this amazing update on Julia Davidson! Julia, now 7, lives in CA with her mom Jessica and her dad Todd. She came into the CORE program in 2015 after bring diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, with masses on her adrenal gland, at the base of her neck, and on her liver, lungs, and kidneys. About 600 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year. Nearly 70% of children first diagnosed with neuroblastoma will have disease that has already spread to other parts of the body, and will have less than a 30% chance of survival. We are so happy to share that Julia went through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and was declared cancer free in January 2016! Julia is still receiving immunotherapy to make sure she stays cancer free, but she’s just started second grade and is happy and healthy once again!

For Julia’s grant, CORE sent an iPad and arts and crafts supplies that helped keep Julia entertained during her long days of treatment. Now that Julia is cancer free and healthy enough to travel, CORE is finishing her grant by sending the Davidson family to New York City for Julia’s birthday on Christmas 2016! This Christmas baby and her family will spend their nights at the New York Marriott Marquis, in a room that was generously donated for the trip by Marriott, and see the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes, eat dinner at The View spinning restaurant on top of the Marriott Marquis, and visit Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano. We are so excited to be sending Julia and her family on this trip!

Remember that there’s still time to Go Gold for September to support Childhood Awareness month! To see more pictures of Julia, visit her CORE story page here. To learn more about neuroblastoma, visit this page by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.