We can hardly express how pleased we are to partner as a corporate sponsor with the Brave Will Foundation in the 3rd Annual Brave Will Gala hosted by the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, which will be held Saturday April 21st from 7 p.m. – midnight. We encourage you to be a part of this very special affair.
Every day we deal with children and we welcome the opportunity to make just a small part of their life better through our pediatric dental care, but when the opportunity arises to extend our helping hands we can only count ourselves privileged.
The Brave Will Gala, An Evening Of Will Power will be a night dedicated to children. The mission of the Brave Will Foundation is to provide support to the families who have a child who has been diagnosed with cancer. The foundation looks to ensure that the needs of the child and their family are met throughout the various stages of necessary care.
Willem is the namesake of the foundation and his story can be found at www.bravewill.org.
Here is an excerpt from his incredible, heart wrenching journey.
On September 12th, two days before his two-month birthday, Will’s right thigh swelled to extreme proportions. His mother rushed him to the emergency room in Saratoga, NY. The doctors there tried to rule out infection, fractures, insect bites, but couldn’t find the answer. They sent him onto to Albany Medical Center, where additional tests were conducted. Slowly the pieces of the puzzle started to come together. A doctor who treated Will that night would later state that tumor in the thigh was a consideration, but seemed to be such a longshot and so far down on the list, it wasn’t considered seriously. However, as the other pieces started to become clearer—the head circumference, the birthmark—there was heightened concern. A catscan performed on September 13th confirmed that Will’s head was filled with a large amount of fluid. The next day, an MRI confirmed the fluid was being caused by a mass in the brain, not thought to be cancerous at that time. However, on September 15th, one day after his second month birthday, the puzzle was finally solved—the mass in the brain, the swelling in the thigh, the birthmark on the shoulder—all of these were forms of some kind of cancer.
We invite you to join us on April 21 at the Gala for a night of dinner, dancing, raffles games and great food. Get your tickets today!