Donor Spotlight

Butterfly_BBC.jpgDonor Spotlight: Jayne Dearborn
Co-founder of Blue Butterfly Campaign (BBC) non-profit

"My family is past recipients of Candlelighters support back in 2000 when my son Max was diagnosed with AML - (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Sadly, Max lost his battle on 2/15/2001. In his honor and the other kids who fought and lost, we created the Blue Butterfly Campaign - BBC. Our primary mission is to fund research for childhood AML and we have done so over the past 9 years. We are currently dormant in our fundraising efforts but wanted to make a donation to Candlelighters which we would like to go directly to helping families in need financially. BBC has donated $10K to Candlelighters, specifically to go toward Emergency Financial Assistance for families dealing with the economic hardship of childhood cancer during COVID-19."
 
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"Max was an amazing, gentle boy with an old soul and dry sense of humor.  He loved pepperoni pizza, chocolate, basketball, baseball, his friends and his family.  We called him our brave warrior, and that he was.  The first seven years of his life were full of laughter, light heartedness, joyful play, creativity and sports.  (Max is pictured above with his dad and brother, Mike)
Max_BBC.jpgOn July 13, 2000, Max was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with a chromosomal abnormality (Monosomy 7).  He was given a 10% chance of survival.  After 7 months of fighting hard, enduring three rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a cord blood transplant, Max lost his battle on February 15, 2001.  He fought with dignity and courage beyond his years, and he will always be our biggest hero. " 
Max's memory lives on through his family's support of AML research and their foundation. He's also honored in another, more unusal way.  The family's boat business, Portland Electric Boat company has christened one of their boats "Max". Keep an eye out might just see "Max" zipping along the river on a sunny day. 
 
What Is AML?
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), white blood cells, produced in bone marrow, are abnormal and do not become healthy cells. These abnormal cells crowd out the normal ones, so the patient’s body has a harder time fighting off infection.
Read more about AML Here.