At just 23 months old, Evan Gabor was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia among children. Leukemia, like other cancers, results from mutations in the DNA. No single known cause for any of the different types of leukemia exists. And if that wasn’t sh*tty enough, survival rates vary by age: 85% in children and 50% in adults.
The good: more and more children are kicking leukemia’s ass and we’re happy to report that Evan, now six years old, is rocking the battle against cancer with help from family, friends and even random supporters. “It’s a beautiful thing to have this much support from strangers, even, coming up to me and knowing that I’m Evan’s mom and knowing that they’re here to help Evan in doing research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ” says Evan’s mother, Jennifer Kearns-Gabor. She also told 8BitDad that Evan’s older brother, Trevor, is a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant operation within the next couple of weeks.
There’s no question that technology has evolved over the past 60 years in the fight against cancer. When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Due to innovative research funded by LLS, survival rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients.
Donating is a great way to support cancer research. But what if you’re not financially viable to make it rain and want to give emotional support? Well guess what, technology has helped out in that area too! In more recent years, we’ve been noticing a popular trend of “Team X” where friends and family members organize events based around battling a serious disease. These events are organized and set up mostly by word of mouth through family and friends and have been spreading on Facebook and Twitter. You can easily search and jump into a child’s support system buffered by the parent(s), which is awesome.
Though we had never met Evan, 8BitDad made its connection to the Art For A Cure event that was held on June 30th. We found out about the event on Facebook through high school/grade school friends from over 20+ years ago.
The fundraiser Evan’s family organized was special and unique, consisting of live art (painted by The Black Light King), music (Free Association) and donated art for auction/raffle. There was also beer, food and cake readily available for those willing to enjoy.
Since it was such an intimate setting for everyone we decided that we should get a few interviews. Honestly, the video below tells the story better than words, so we’ll let the footage tell the rest.
Overall it was a great local event in which a decent amount of money was raised to benefit Team Evan. If you wish to help support Evan, head on over to CaringBridge.org to make a tribute donation and support Evan’s page, check out his story and sign his guestbook. You can also follow Evan’s journal updates and information via his mom, Jennifer.
8BitDad is happy to support Evan and other children like him. Thanks again to the Hamilton and Kearns families for organizing a great time for such a great cause.