Last December, patients like you came together to donate more than 476,000 health data points, including nearly 30,000 treatment reports and close to 120,000 symptom reports. The data that everyone selflessly donated has a heartbeat that will keep on giving – helping other patients like you and accelerating research.
And because you helped us reach our goal, your data also made wishes come true for two children with life-changing medical conditions. On your behalf, PatientsLikeMe made a $20,000 donation to Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which helped Ryan and Emma take a break from aggressive and uncomfortable treatments and doctors’ visits to go on faraway adventures with their families. Check out their stories:
Ryan’s Island Adventure
Thirteen-year-old Ryan loves warm weather, swimming and being at the beach. After being diagnosed with a gastrointestional stromal tumor, surgeries and treatment kept Ryan away from seeing his friends and playing his two favorite sports – basketball and baseball. Ryan daydreamed about leaving his worries behind and going on an island adventure. When he learned that his wish would be granted, more than anything, Ryan wanted to take a family vacation to Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos!
From the moment he landed, Ryan couldn’t wait to explore the tropical island. He was greeted with the most spectacular views of palm trees and white sand beaches. Ryan and his family explored the villages that made up the resort – each themed after Italy, France, and of course, the Caribbean. His days were filled with waterslides, sun, relaxation, and a break from the everyday stress that had begun to define his daily life.
Being given the opportunity to travel was a perfect escape from doctor’s appointments and medical treatments and Ryan felt a new sense of hope upon his return home.
Emma Visits Hawaii
Eight-year-old Emma’s passion for the sea helped her through months of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as she imagined beachside adventures outside of the hospital walls. Emma wished to go to “paradise” with a trip to Hawaii!
Upon arrival on the island, Emma headed straight to the azure water and warm sands. The adventurous girl spent her days swimming, snorkeling, surfing and sailing. Surfing was her favorite, and she “totally rocked” at it, standing up on the board on her first attempt! On land, Emma loved experiencing the color, tastes and spectacle of a traditional luau. The incredible scenery made the hospital feel like a distant memory.
Emma’s visit to Hawaii marked the beginning of a new chapter for her and her family. Together they celebrated the end of her treatment and now look forward to a bright future.
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