Earlier this year, at 9 years old, Graham was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. It’s inoperable, and there’s only one other child living with it. The child lives in Australia and communicates with Graham via Facebook, an account his mom created for chatting and comparing notes on their shared illness.
Graham's first experience at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota fell on the same day he got his cancer diagnosis. He was scared. But, he had a dream-team of medical experts to help him. He met Dr. Susan Sensor, who showed him her scar from her melanoma. It made him feel better and less anxious. Dr. David Dassenko made Graham’s first surgery less painful by using a "J-Tip" to start his I.V. A child life specialist gave him a blanket before he went into the OR.
During his journey, Graham has decided to raise money and awareness by making and selling rubber band bracelets. Each bracelet costs $1 and has a yellow bead that represents Childhood Cancer Awareness. Visit Graham's GiveMN page to make a donation and receive a bracelet!
His bracelet campaign has taken off. More than 1,000 bracelets have been made. His friends and other kids throughout Minnesota have helped, so he can quickly fill orders. Bracelets have been shipped throughout the United States and to Australia! Graham's bracelet brigade was even mentioned in a news story on KARE 11!
Graham hopes no child will ever have to go through what he’s endured, and that he will raise enough awareness and funds to make a difference! You can read more about Graham's Journey on his Facebook page.