On April 1, 2011, it was official: 2 ½-year-old Malia Dakota Jusczyk's carefree life of Disney World and pony rides, soccer practice and swimming pools, came to a grinding halt. A CT scan revealed that Malia's recent "tummy aches" were caused by a large tumor lodged in her abdomen. The solid mass wrapped around major blood vessels and pushed against her kidney and aorta.

A biopsy confirmed that Malia has a very aggressive childhood cancer known as stage IV (high risk) neuroblastoma. The cancer had metastasized into her bones and bone marrow (cranium, humerus, and femur). Immediately after the debilitating diagnosis, Malia's parents, Megan and Glen, left Orlando, Florida in order to provide their daughter with the best treatment currently available to her at the Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts.

To survive, Malia's little body had to endure six rounds of chemo, nine hours of tumor resection surgery, a stem cell transplant, removal of a kidney and an adrenal gland, twelve rounds of proton radiation, countless blood transfusions, and immunotherapy.

We are thrilled to share that as of July 2012, Malia has been declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). Yay!! However, since the rate of relapse with neuroblastoma is so high (and since there is no cure once a child relapses), we have entered her in a two-year-long remission trial, which utilizes a medication called DFMO 2/day and includes scans every three months as well as monthly oncology appointments.

Malia, like all children diagnosed with this awful disease, has shown an unbelievable strength and willpower throughout her treatment. We are thankful for every single day we get with our beautiful daughter!

Unfortunately, many parents can't say the same. The fact remains that every sixteen hours a child dies from neuroblastoma, and although cancer is the number one disease killer of our children, only 3.8% of cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer. That is why we have chosen to expand the non-profit, For Kids’ Sake (created by Malia's dad, Glen Jusczyk), to raise money for neuroblastoma research as well as for families of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

According to the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Society: "For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000 with many costs not covered by health insurance, this experience can devastate a family financially."

Please consider donating to this very worthy cause and helping more children crush cancer!

Fundraising Events

Happy Holidays 2016

This holiday season, we will be collecting donations to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by clicking on the donate button below, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Raised so far: $11,675.00

Laura Phillips $140.00
Beth Lemieux $25.00
mary marengo $100.00
Terence Kelly $50.00
Mike O'Keefe $100.00
Sheila Hoye $25.00
Margaret Morehouse $50.00
Stella Trudeau $10.00
Mansfield University $160.00
Patricia Boisjolie $10.00
Leslie and Jason Feid $50.00
Marjory Hutnak $10.00
Randy Beaudoin $25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Whaley $25.00
Robert Perry $25.00
Christine Steadman $50.00
Richard Galanti $50.00
Greg Klein $50.00
Susan Perkins $25.00
Greg & Leah Purnell $250.00
Chris Watts $100.00
Matt Convertino $50.00
Wendy Currier $20.00
Jeanne & Billy Lytle $25.00
Roxanne Dery $25.00
Donna Sutherland $25.00
Elaine & Sonny Leblanc $100.00
Ada Rauscher $100.00
Albert Arciero $250.00
Pam & Tom Johnson $50.00
Collen Spofford $25.00
Patricia Robin $20.00
Karen Deforest $25.00
Bonnie & Neil McNeil $50.00
Peter & Holly McNeil $50.00
Joan Szymansky $25.00
Fred Lytle $100.00
Janet Robidoux $25.00
Joan and James Herlihy $25.00
Ed and Mary Jane Awiszio $100.00
Sandra Dichementi $100.00
Wendy Murakani $30.00
Gayle Brandley $10.00
Dianna Brothers $15.00
Ann Livingstone $100.00
Patricia Sweet $20.00
Noreen Fernandes $15.00
Omar Guertin $10.00
Ed and Wendy McDavitt $100.00
Mary and John Connor $50.00
Michelle and David Hughes $50.00
Beaudreau Family $25.00
Michael Warenda $5.00
Kendra Rogers $50.00
Sandra Goodreau $25.00
Elaine Ritterhouse $50.00
#20 Transport Inc $50.00
Paula Walker $50.00
Colonna Family $25.00
Lafontaine Family $100.00
Andy and Brenda Trudeau $25.00
Somiline Family $20.00
LoSasso Family $10.00
Suzanne Lamoureux $25.00
Hicks Family $30.00
Little Family $10.00
Pauli Family $100.00
Walkins Family $25.00
Dupelle Family $25.00
Greg Kleine $100.00
Facebook Giving Tuesday $2,630.00
Ryan Arciero $100.00
Catherine Troutman $100.00
Carol McGuane $100.00
Kylee and Kendall Jones $100.00
Joyce StGermain $50.00
Mary Monroe $50.00
Quaglieri Family $200.00
Laura Graziano $100.00
David Chilinski $20.00
Lisa Powers $50.00
Paul Goff $90.00
Henry Anastation $25.00
Robert Pinto $50.00
McKinnon Family $150.00
Badders Family $50.00
Patricia Hazel $50.00
Judith Yarian $25.00
Joan Campini $25.00
Alana Lee Beneke $25.00
Elaine Hawkins $25.00
Martha Forbes $25.00
Jo E Mendel $25.00
Tara Bristow $25.00
Paul McCarron $50.00
Karla & Tom Goins $1,000.00
Alicia Eisnor $25.00
Jessica Chauvin $25.00
page $40.00
andrew dearborn $500.00
Jayne Peister $50.00
Patricia Sasseville $50.00
David Aucoin $50.00
Mike Ammann $100.00
Starsiak $100.00
Kathleen McGuane $50.00
Melissa Goddard $25.00
Kyle Host $650.00
Carney $25.00
Namita Khanna $100.00
Blouin $50.00
Margot Caveglia $50.00
Asap Partners $50.00
distefano $25.00
Hodge $100.00
Dawn Stafford $50.00
John Paul Livingstone $50.00
Alderton $100.00
Gabriel $500.00
Fink $100.00

Mike Stone Invitational at Hickory Point

December 27-29, 2016
Hickory Point Soccer Complex, Tavares, FL

Registration is now open for the 21st annual Mike Stone Invitational tournament at Hickory Point, Florida's largest high school soccer tournament! Proceeds will support the For Kids' Sake Foundation in its fight against childhood cancer.

Visit the tournament website for more information!

If you would like to make a donation in memory of the great Mike Stone, please donate here:

Amazon Smile For Kids' Sake

Click below to raise money for the For Kids' Sake Foundation while you shop at Amazon. It's a fun way to help a great cause!

For Kids' Sake Foundation, Inc.

Pink Malia Goalkeeper Gloves now available from GK Icon USA

GK Icon USA launches the Pink "Malia" glove as a great addition to their line. This glove stems from the inspiration of Malia Jusczyk and her fight against Neuroblastoma. Proceeds from glove sales will go directly to Malia's foundation. This model is a top of the line match quality glove. The palm is a 4mm super giga grip with a roll finger design. The backhand is embossed latex along with a full embossed latex wrist strap and enclosure. Retail price is $45, comparable models retail for over $100 for this type of glove.

Bumper Stickers and Wristbands

We now have MaliaCrushesCancer.com magnetic bumper stickers and wristbands. If you'd like some, please make a donation, then e-mail us with your address and the quantity you wish to receive, and we'd be happy to mail them to you.

Want to raise funds and awareness for Malia's Foundation? We welcome any and all fundraisers to help crush cancer. Email forkidssakefoundation@gmail.com to get started.

For Kids' Sake T-Shirts

For Kids Sake Foundation t-shirts are available. Email Glen (gjuszcyk@gmail.com) for more information.