Monday, July 23, 2012

The Isabella Santos Foundation & United Support Services, Inc.

     I am overly excited about my company, United Support Services, Inc. will be the Presenting Sponsors for the 5th Annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer! We will be the first ever organization to accept this level of sponsorship for the foundation. It is such a wonderful group of people fighting for a cure for kids cancer. The event is a 5K at the Ballantyne Corporate Park in Charlotte, NC on September 22, 2012 at 8am!

     The Isabella Santos Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research of Neuroblastoma. They are a non-profit organization looking for a cure! Isabella was only two years old when she was diagnosed with this devastating disease and has fiercely battled it for the last five years! In December 2011, Isabella was cancer free after her 4th relapse.
     In May 2012, she underwent a normal screening with unthinkable results, not only had the cancer come back but it had invaded every part of her poor little body. Isabella's parents were given the news they have always feared, there were no more treatment options for her. It was time to take her home and enjoy what little time was left. Isabella passed away on June 28, 2012 in the loving arms of her parents, she was 7 years old.

"I want there to be no more cancer!
I want kids to be able to play and go to school, not be in the hospital feeling sick."
~Isabella Santos

     In memory of this incredible little girl, we are raising money through the 5K to find a cure for Kids Cancer! Join USS and Isabella Santos Foundation by participating in the race or donating funds through the link below. Every penny helps beat this devastating disease!

Please come out and volunteer, race, or raise money for this incredible foundation for a much needed cause!
United Support Services, Inc. has 21 volunteers and 6 racers already signed up....all are welcome to join in!

If you can't make it to the race but would like to donate to the cause, visit:   Click Here


- Neuroblastoma affects approximately 500 children a year and is most commonly found in children under the age of 5.

- Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, a nerve network that carries messages from the brain throughout the body.
- Most neuroblastoma begins in the abdomen in the adrenal gland or next to the spinal cord, or in the chest.
- Neuroblastoma can spread to the bones, bone marrow, brain, spine, liver, lymph nodes, skin and around the eyes.
- The first symptoms are often vague and may include fatigue and loss of appetite which is why it can be hard to diagnose.
- 70% of cases at diagnosis have already spread to other areas of the body which places the cancer in a Stage 4 category.
- The 5 year survival rate for Stage 4 neuroblastoma is 30%.
60% of patients with Neuroblastoma will relapse. Once in relapse, the survival rate drops to a minimal 20%.

Thank you....

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