Sydney is a sweet 7-year-old girl who loves being a big sister to her brother Jack and enjoys spending time outdoors and animals. She loves animals so much she is known to read encyclopedias about them! Last spring, Sydney’s parents, Lyndsey and Adam, noticed that their daughter started tiring easily and had stopped enjoying their usual family activities,
like hiking. On Easter morning, Sydney collapsed with exhaustion and a trip to the emergency room was warranted. Based upon the results of her blood tests, she was immediately admitted into Boston Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with High-Risk B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Blood Cancer). Sydney would spend the next two months in the hospital until she was strong enough to receive outpatient cancer treatment at Dana Farber.
Today Sydney is receiving chemotherapy as she continues with her 2½ year cancer protocol. Sydney’s Grahamtastic iPad, along with our donated high-speed internet access, allows her to learn more about animals online and play her favorite games like “Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets”. Sydney’s mother Lyndsey, who has become a very strong pediatric cancer advocate, states “We were beyond grateful, for when the moments hit where Sydney did not feel
good, she was given the opportunity to go to her bedroom and still watch a movie, or play her games with the gift provided by Grahamtastic!”
To learn more about Sydney, their family friend Abigail Galas wrote and illustrated a delightful children’s book titled, “The Adventures of Sydney and Jack”. All book sales support childhood cancer.
Owen is a 6-year-old fun-loving, energetic boy who likes to play with trucks and Legos. In May 2020, while the world was newly experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic, Owen’s parents started noticing unknown bruising and red spots (Petechiae) on their son’s skin. An oncologist visit and blood work revealed Owen had Aplastic Anemia, which is a rare blood disease where the body fails to produce blood cells in sufficient numbers.
Treatment for Owen included a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) which he received in Boston, miles away from their home in Maine. Grahamtastic Connection gifted Owen with a new iPad during his BMT, which he uses to FaceTime family and friends who he otherwise would not be able to see while in isolation. Owen’s big sister also showed him some games to play including his favorite learning app Doulingo ABC. Fortunately, Owen’s BMT was successful, thanks to the anonymous donor chosen from over 200 matches in the donor database.
Owen’s iPad, along with our donated high-speed internet access, allows him to attend school remotely as he continues to grow stronger each day. Owen’s father Nicholas states, “Thank you Grahamtastic Connection for giving Owen the opportunity to develop new skills with the technology that you have so generously provided him.”