2015 Wades Army Year in Review

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Thank you!!! 2015 was a monumental year for Wade’s Army, 501(c)3!

Wade DeBruin’s spirit has touched us all and empowered the Wade’s Army community to make a huge impact in the fight against neuroblastoma, both with families and within research!

Wade's Army raised over $111,000 this year,  fueling our organization to surpass a total of $250,000 mark in just 4 short years!


This year's recap highlights the impact from your donations. We are proud to say over 1600 donors, 100 fundraisers, and 40 gyms throughout the world contributed to the Wade’s Day fundraiser, all leading up to November 12, 2015.

Thank you from all of us at Wade's Army! Now let's check in on who you're helping:

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On November 13, 7 1/2 month old Jaxton went to the doctor for what was thought was maybe allergy/cold like symptoms. At the worse, thinking maybe he had pneumonia. But after a chest x-ray, a mass was discovered on the left side of his chest. This mass was pushing his lung up by his shoulder and his heart and airway pushed to the center of his chest. His Doctor admitted him to the ICU in Newburgh, Indiana, but that quickly changed to Life Line (helicopter) to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Jax had surgery to get a biopsy of the mass (about 3cm x 5cm), drain 250 cc of fluid from his lung. Placed a port in his chest for chemo and tested his bone marrow.

He has just begun his 4th round of chemo after transferring care to Children's Cincinnati. This photo of Jax wearing the blue hat were taken hours before our appointment on November 13.

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Jax’s father, Cory, is the head football coach at Harrison High School in Evansville, IN. He got the position only 3 years ago when the football team was barely a team. He has spent the last 3 years building this program from the ground up. Cory was away with his football team the Friday Jax went to the doctor for the regional tournament. A win would have meant the first in the school's history. The team lost that night. But Cory was awarded with All-Metro Coach of the Year for his successful football season.

Jax has a older sister Briley that is 3 1/2 years old. They shared the same due date and almost the same birthday, but were born 3 years and one week apart. They also had a sister, Harper that was stillborn 2 years ago on November 20. Mother, Amanda, had previously worked 10 years as an engineer tech for a civil engineering company in Evansville, but has since devoted her life to raising her children.



Addyson Kate and Chase Ryan were born January 2, 2015. Up until December, neither had a cold. Addyson started slowing down crawling on the 1st of December. On the 2nd, she was not moving her legs. She was taken to the family doctor and was told it was teething and we went home! Addyson continued not moving her legs at all, and it brought everyone to tears. A pediatrician was called the next morning, and thankfully got her in mid morning.

The doctor said he was calling to make appointment for her at Children's Mercy in Kansas City. Driving back home, the doctor called and said to take Addyson to the ER upon arrival to Children's Mercy. The doctors came back with strong suspicion of neuroblastoma in her spinal cord which caused the paralysis from her chest down t1-t5 vertebrae.

They scheduled surgery for 7 in the morning but oncologist changed JUST prior to taking Addy . They were afraid of the damage to the spinal cord and the permanence of paralysis. THANK GOD. They then started very aggressive chemo and further testing to see whether the cancer was anywhere else.

Addyson has just finished her 2nd cycle of chemo and MRI on the 7th of January showed the tumor had decreased from 4.9 cm to 4.5 cm which isn't considerable but, Addyson has regained use of her legs and seems to be doing well. Thank God again. Doctors are contemplating surgery to remove tumor but want to get the tumor away from the spinal cord, we are so very thankful that it did not get into the spinal fluid.

2015 Research Updates:

A Wade’s Army funded clinical trial is seeing some great progress! The researchers have identified a powerful new drug with “unparalleled” strength against forms of the cancer that resist crizotinib.

“Our preclinical results provide a strong rationale for fast-tracking this drug into clinical trials in children with neuroblastoma,” said study leader Yael P. Mossé, MD, a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We expect to begin a clinical trial early this year.”

Learn more about this and progress you’ve help fund here!

Wade's Army 2016 & Beyond!

It is never too early to kick off your 2016 fundraising efforts! We have big expansion plans to help support our fearless fundraisers including matching fundraising drives, impact education, and expansion of Wades Army gear!

To get a head start on your 2016 fundraising follow the link to www.classy.org/wade!

Thank you for your continued support!
Heather & Scott DeBruin
Kate & John Welbourn
Chris McQuilkin

Tex McQuilkin

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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.

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2 Responses to 2015 Wades Army Year in Review

  1. Joe and Barbara Ciccarelli

    Heather and Scott
    So glad to see your success.
    Joe and Barbara Ciccarelli

  2. Joe and Barbara Ciccarelli

    Good Luck

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