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Cannon’s Story

Welcome to our Cannonball's Page! Cannon Wiggins is so lucky to be loved by so many people that we wanted to create a page for everyone to keep updated on his progress. Cannon is a very special boy and he needs all of your prayers to fight this nasty disease of neuroblastoma cancer.Please pray for our son. He is our world.Facts:

Cannon was born on August 10, 2011
and was diagnosed at 20 months
old on April 19, 2013 with
Stage 4 Neuroblastoma:
Nymc-amplified, poor histology,
COG protocol at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, Resection surgery by Dr. Michael Laquaglia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital scheduled August 2, 2013
Stem cell transplant after 6 rounds of chemo at CHOP
Proton radiation at CHOP
Antibody therapy completed 4 rounds to date at APH Orlando
Tumor: in abdomen, both legs, armpit - bone marrow and lymph nodes
Prognosis: will cannonball this cancer out and be cancer free

Latest Journal Update

Spoiler Alert: Drum Roll Please!!!

Spoiler Alert: Drum Roll Please!!!!!


Drum Roll Please... EXCITING NEWS!!!!


It is hard for me to type this without jumping up and down...


Are you ready for this?!?!


CKc now has legislative lobbyist representation right in Washington, DC!


What does that mean? It means pediatric cancer now has not just one but a team of legal legislative lobbyists who will be working on our behalf to make a change not only in funding research for pediatric cancer but awareness to the political members that can make a change.


With permission I can NOW announce that Venable LLP, a top-tier law firm, ranked in the top 20 in DC and top 100 in the USA has just approved CKc as their newest client. Venable LLP will be our eyes, ears and mouths as legislative lobbyist representatives right in DC on the Hill to members of Congress and the Senate. Their client list is incredible and the fact they are taking on this cause with us is just such a huge gift!!!


When I met with the team in DC I was, as I always am, very concerned about the financial side... I am British, after all. ;)


As some of you may know, legal fees can seriously eat up pediatric cancer foundation funds, especially in this area of the law where some attorneys charge $600 an hour. I don't and I didn't want that to happen...


Spoiler alert!!!


This evening it has been approved at Venable LLP's committee level (hence the wait on my update) and for the first time in the firm's history, according to our lawyers' experience, they will take CKc, a legislative client, and pediatric cancer on as a pro bono client. What does that mean? It means they will DONATE their time to us. CKc will be having weekly conference calls (starting Tuesday) with the team in DC and we will strategize on the best ways to impact funding and awareness of the facts of pediatric cancer.


I am super excited about this, as you can probably tell. Many foundations spend million of dollars on this type of expertise and we have been given this incredibly incredibly kind and just amazeballs (yep, I still say it) gift!!!


Thank you for your patience and more updates are coming.


This is HUGE and a truly historic day for CKc but more than that for the cause. Watch out cancer: CKc doesn't play nice and we're just getting started.


Yesterday marked one year since Cannon received his life-saving stem cell infusion during transplant and it was, and I pray remains that way, the worst experience of our entire family's life. I have never seen pain in my life like I did during transplant! Cannon couldn't walk, his skin was burnt from the inside out after 108 hours of continuous chemo, he never ate for 7 weeks nor did he leave our isolated room. It was and continues to be the hell I never want to remember. But look at what we are achieving a year later!! Team CKc is kicking some serious cancer butt and we're in this for the long run! This is only the beginning!!!! Cannon was our inspiration to fight harder and we will never stop!


Today, some pictures of the boys at yet another pumpkin patch. It's becoming quite the habit with the Wiggins boys. What will I do when fall is over? Lol ;)


Written by one extremely excited Mumma-Bear .....


Written by Mumma-Bear

Cannonball Kids' cancer

www.cannonballkidscancer.org

Thankful For The Fight

Pray Hard

156 Days No Evidence of Disease

No Relapse Ever


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Comments

5 Comments

Diana Stillwell
By Ms. Diana (Nuc Med)
YES! YES! YES! Knew you would charm your way into Washington's hearts. Great work on such a worthy cause.
Cheryl Smith
By Cheryl Smith
Melissa you, Michael and your family never ceases to amaze. You are one determined and amazing mumma bear!! Keep fighting the good fight!!
Donna Wolfe
By Love Aunt Donna
Thank you, thank you LORD and Melissa and Michael for putting those words in the ears and hearts of the legislators and the Lawyers that have opened up their hearts to our children. Cannon's Mum and Dad knows now these children appreciate the LOVE and pain they have gone thru to accomplish all they have done. I love you all so much. You keep fighting this Braveheart and us warriors will keep on praying that you will stay cancer free.
Dixie Sansom
By Dixie Sansom
CONGRATULATIONS!! That's truly a priceless gift by Venable. 'Boots on the ground' year round in DC is critical and y'all pulled it off. Obviously they have caring and understanding leadership. CONGRATULATIONS, too, dear Cannon, for this wonderful anniversary! Payers always.
Marcie Roth
By Marcie Roth
Congratulations! Venable does great work and their gift is very significant. Their pro bono gift is a real tribute to your leadership. Your advocacy brings tremendous hope for the future for children with cancer and their families.