Our Hero: Wade DeBruin
Leading the charge against neuroblastoma. Wade's Army is a charity founded to honor the fight of Wade DeBruin (2009-2011)
Wade debruin (2009-2011)
Wade DeBruin was born on September 22, 2009. Weighing a healthy 7.4 pounds, he was the perfect big brother to his twin sister Hadley. Extraordinary in every way, beautiful, calm and alert. But all of that changed 19 months later, in May 2011, when Wade was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Up until then there was absolutely no indication whatsoever that he was sick. He was a magical little boy meeting every milestone and playing right along side his big sister Ella and twin sister. We used to say he had the laugh of a unicorn. It was as magical as he was, lifting up the spirits of everyone who was around him.
What defines Wade is his strength, courage and resilience. Wade endured 7 rounds of high dose chemo, 3 major surgeries, 6 minor surgeries, a multitude of medical procedures and nearly 6 straight months in the hospital. His resolution is what has led us to continue his fight by creating awareness to this terrible cancer, supporting families going through treatment to fight it, and funding the most promising research to one day find a cure for Neuroblastoma.
On November 12, 2011 Wade's little body could not fight anymore, his little organs were failing and the cancer had taken over. Surrounded by his Mama, Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and lifelong friends, Wade let go in the comfort of his parents arms.
For this reason, we acknowledge Wade's Day on his Heavenly Anniversary celebrating life, our ability to care for ourselves and others.
The Heroes of Wade's Army
Join the fight against neuroblastoma
Cancer is a word everyone knows and every parent fears. Pediatric cancer can be an overwhelming experience for a family. When a child is in the fight with pediatric cancer like neuroblastoma, everything in life can be drowned out and bills, missed work, and travel expenses can pile up very quickly.
Join the fight below and provide financial support to families battling neuroblastoma to cover treatment, loss of work, and other unexpected costs to allow families to focus their energy on supporting their child.