Join us at the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic (PTATC) for a fun-filled weekend to benefit cancer research at Children’s. Enjoy a mixed doubles tennis tournament from Thursday, Aug. 7 – Sunday, Aug. 10, and then gather your friends and family to participate in Pine Tree Runs, a chip-timed 5K walk/run and 10K. Your support will make all the difference in finding a cure for pediatric cancer, and helping kids get back to their rightful place of happy.

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Kids like Ike, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, right before his fifth birthday. His pediatrician recommended that his parents, Chelsea and Chad, bring Ike to the emergency department at Children’s after continued declining white blood cell counts and a stubborn rash.

Following many tests and exams, Ike underwent a bone marrow aspiration, which showed that he had B-ALL Leukemia.

Ike’s diagnosis has been life-changing for his family. His mom, Chelsea, says it has shown them the “true meaning of living,” given them more purpose and brought them closer.

“We fight so these children no longer have to endure these horrible treatments and so that no parent ever has to hear the life altering words of ‘Your child has cancer,’” Chelsea said.

Ike is in the maintenance phase of treatment, and his care team hopes he will finish in July 2016. While his family counts the days until treatment is over, it hasn’t kept him from playing hockey and baseball, being outside and playing with his sisters and spending time with his family. He’s full of energy.

“We feel incredibly lucky and blessed that even though Ike has cancer, he was diagnosed with a highly curable form and he is handling his treatments like a true champ! We know that his prognosis could be in a much different place and for that, we are truly grateful,” Chelsea said.

We’re grateful, too, to celebrate alongside Ike and his family. As an honored patient at the PTATC, Ike and many more Children’s patients will be at Life Time Fitness at White Bear Lake this weekend. We encourage you to join them, their families, and other supports of cancer research at Children’s. Learn more at childrensMN.org/PTATC