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!

Watch Malia Loves Kissing Mommy and more videos in the tributes section!

Read new article about Malia and the Tri to Crush Cancer in The Sun Chronicle


Fundraising Events

3rd Annual 5K & Tri to Crush Cancer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Attleboro Town Hall
43 S Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA

Tri to Crush Cancer: 9 am start time
5K to Crush Cancer: 10 am start time

On July 27, join us for the 3rd Annual Triathlon to Crush Cancer in North Attleboro, MA. Last year's race was such a success – let's make this year an even bigger hit. Sign up to bike, run, and swim to raise money to fight neuroblastoma, or just come for the fun and games! New this year: a 5K run!

T-shirts limited to first 300 participants.

Register now:

Tri to Crush Cancer:
  
5K to Crush Cancer:

Virtual Participants

Want to join in the fun but can't do the race? Donate $15 below as a "virtual participant" and we'll send you a T-shirt before the July 27 event. Just put your T-shirt size in the more information section, and thanks for your support!



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Rob Adams Memorial Golf Tournament 2014

Saturday, June 21
1:00 pm, 1:30 pm Shotgun Start

Easton Country Club
265 Purchase Street
Easton, MA
508-238-2500
eastoncountryclub.com

$125 per player

The Rob Adams Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 21st at Easton Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the For Kids' Sake Foundation, and we are looking to raise more money than ever this year to benefit pediatric cancer research. With your continued support in Rob's memory, this will be the best outing to date!

To sign up, please fill out the flyer below and send it along with a check payable to the For Kids' Sake Foundation and mail to the address on the flyer. As always, we can also accommodate players that don't have a full foursome. Thank you to those who have already signed up. Any raffle donations are greatly appreciated. If you know someone that can sponsor a hole or donate raffle prizes, please send the info to Mark Adams (mwadams20@verizon.net) and we will gladly follow up with them.


Malia's Birthday Contest 2014

CONTEST: Enter to win a "MaliaCrushesCancer Kit" which includes a t-shirt, bracelet, magnet, lawn marker, sandals and a $10 Panera gift card!

  1. Follow us on Twitter @ForKidsSakeInc
  2. Like us on Facebook
  3. Register for the 5K race or Triathlon to Crush Cancer
  4. Email forkidssakefoundation@gmail.com with "Social Media Contest Entry" in the subject line

Submissions must be in by 5pm EST on June 26th! Malia will draw the winner out of a hat later that evening.

Bertucci's Night on Malia's Birthday

Thursday, June 26
Bertucci's of North Attleboro
999 South Washington St.
North Attleboro, MA

Print out the flyer below and bring it to Bertucci's in North Attleboro on Malia's birthday, June 26, and 15% of what you spend will be donated to the For Kids' Sake Foundation.

2014 World Cup Fundraiser

Help fight cancer by participating in the 2014 World Cup bracket. $10.00 per bracket ($5.00 charity & $5.00 split between the top 3 brackets). Choose the top 2 teams from each group play. Ex: Group A winner will be placed at A1. Group A runner-up will be placed at A2. Select the winners of each knock-out games. Sheets due before the first World Cup game.

You can send your bracket to bdillard@goldstarsoccer.com or mail it to:
Gold Star Soccer
52 Chateaugay Street
Chicopee, MA 01020

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. Click here to learn more and buy.

Jim Cadarette's Metal Recycling Fundraiser

Jim Cadarette's Metal Recycling is holding the following fundraiser for the For Kids' Sake Foundation:

"I am offering scrap metal removal to Northbridge and the surrounding towns including Worcester. I am very neat, thorough and efficient. I collect most metals including but not limited to appliances, grills, pots and pans. If it is metal I will collect it with these few exceptions; TVs, furniture, mattresses, oil tanks and tires. Mention maliacrushescancer.com and 20% of the commission will go to FOR KIDS' SAKE FOUNDATION. For more information please email me at jccmetalrecycling@gmail.com."

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 Amber Start at forkidssakefoundation@gmail.com to get started.

For Kids' Sake T-Shirts

For Kids' Sake Foundation t-shirts are available. Email Glen (gjusczyk@gmail.com) for more information.