We’re excited to announce our mission speaker for the 2019 CEOs Against Cancer Champions of Hope Gala, Quade Marks! Quade is 12-years old and just started the 7th grade. He loves to ski, snowboard, and play lacrosse. He is also a blood cancer survivor.
In April 2016, Quade had just wrapped up 18-weeks on a competitive snowboard team and started playing spring lacrosse. His parents noticed that he had a lot of bruises on his arms and legs, but didn’t think much about it because – well, he was an active kid, and for him, bruises were normal. On April 15, 2016, he went to the school nurse because his hand was swollen, and had what looked like a weird rash. The nurse called his mom and soon visited my pediatrician who took blood samples and told Quade that he had to go to the emergency room because his platelets were so low. The next day, he had the first of many bone marrow biopsies, which confirmed that he had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a deadly type of blood cancer.
After spending 168 nights at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Children’s Hospital, Quade is now cancer-free! He is back skiing, snowboarding, playing lacrosse and doing all the things he was doing before he was diagnosed with cancer. This was possible thanks to his amazing medical team and support of his family, friends and many people he didn’t even know. There is no way to thank everyone who helped Quade along with his cancer diagnosis and journey, so Quade and his family raise money for cancer research and to ensure all patients have access to the therapies they need.
Quade is very excited and honored to be a part of the American Cancer Society’s Champions of Hope Gala this year.