numerous tumors throughout her body. She started a 54 week program of aggressive chemotherapy that also included two different rounds of radiation. After completing her treatment and enjoying a full year of remission, Megan relapsed and once again started another 36 weeks of chemotherapy along with two more rounds of radiation. Since that time, Megan has experienced another relapse and just completed another round of proton radiation. Over the last four years, Megan has endured 90 weeks of chemotherapy, over 100 proton radiation treatments, three surgeries and side effects too numerous to mention.
Through it all, Megan has maintained a positive attitude and a determination to win that has inspired all who know her. It was during her relapse treatments that Megan began educating herself on the lack of funding available to support research for childhood cancer. She discovered that the Federal government only allocates 4% of all cancer funding towards researching treatments for childhood cancer. It was then that she decided to become an active advocate for childhood cancer funding. After researching various avenues for funding, Megan connected with Dr. Walterhouse from Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. She met with him personally and learned of the important research he is conducting on promising treatments for Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma and Ewings Sarcoma. Megan's passion along with the support of so many generous people and organizations has allowed her to raise over $140,000 to support Dr. Walterhouse's research. She has also met with numerous state and federal legislators as well as traveled to Washington, D.C. as a featured speaker at the Curefest childhood cancer advocacy weekend. Megan is determined to see to it that no more kids have to go through what she has gone through over the past four years.
Fighting cancer is so hard, which is why organizations like Cal's Angels are so important. The physical battle posed by cancer is tough, but the mental toll it takes on these kids is unforgiving. Anything that can take their minds off of the daily grind is a blessing to the child and to that child's family. Cal's Angels stepped in and did just that for Megan. One of her dreams was to travel to Iceland, because she loves nature and scenic views. Cal's Angels made that trip happen for Megan and she made memories that she will never forget. As Megan mentioned many times, during the five days she was in Iceland, she forgot that she had cancer. How could we possibly put a pricetag on that? Thank you to Cal's Angels and thank you to everyone who supports this incredible organization, because your support is changing the lives of kids who are in the fight of their lives.