Brent, along with the rest of the RamerNation have supported pediatric cancer research for many years through Kick-It. We understood the value of these research dollars, initially in a purely theoretical way, as we had our first brush with cancer when Lauren was just a baby.
Ever since Brent (and Lauren once again) were diagnosed with cancer in 2011, dollars in support of studies and clinical trials have become more pressing for us. We are grateful for the support that our friends have shown in the form of T shirt purchases, sponsorships and donations over the years. It has been so meaningful. We are also grateful for the research being done. It brings us hope.
Over the past six years, the Ramers have worked our way through two brain tumors, metastatic melanoma, leukemia, bone marrow transplant, and two osteosarcoma diagnoses. We have shopped for clinical trials, often finding that children under 18 were specifically excluded. Funding pediatric studies became increasingly important to us.
When Brent relapsed with AML( leukemia), support of clinical trials became more than a financial investment for our family. Brent entered a cutting edge trial which used his own genetically engineered T cells to fight leukemia. He would have been the second human to receive their cells back. Unfortunately, heartbreakingly, he succumbed to infection at MD Anderson in Houston on Dec 30th before he could receive these cells. Brent fully understood that he was directly supporting research, however this turned out for him. He was always nervous to try the unproven, but grateful for the opportunity.
As we grieve the loss of Brent, we thought that others who want to honor him might donate to this page. Now in partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Kick-It helps fund the most promising research in pediatrics. We will be asking that these dollars be directed to cellular therapies, the kind that Brent was only permitted to enroll in because he had turned 18 in October.
Thank you for your support.
Much love from all of the RamerNation