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!

Raised so far: $5,601.00

Dear Friends & Family,

We hope you are well and enjoying the holiday season. We are excited to share that Malia is now 3 years cancer-free and over-the-moon excited to be a big sister. Kole Jusczyk was born on October 21, 2015 and is doing great. We continue to be amazed at all of the love and support we have received and continue to receive as we fight to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of all children with neuroblastoma.

If you plan to make a donation this holiday season, we would be forever grateful. Any size gift is sincerely appreciated.

Happy Holidays,
Meg, Glen, Malia and everyone at the For Kids' Sake Foundation family

Donors – Holiday Fundraiser 2015

Melissa Pappas$40.00
Michael Babul$100.00
Joseph Parrish$200.00
Jeanne Rondeau $25.00
Fred Lytle $100.00
Janet and Conrad Robidoux $10.00
Joel and Dianna Brothers $15.00
Catherine and Robert Daigle $40.00
Geoffrey Walker $50.00
Peter and Holly McNeil $25.00
Irene Adamiak $20.00
Gerald and Joanne Fournier $50.00
Jeffrey and Nancy Murphy $10.00
Donna and Jonathan Klepaldo $10.00
Ralph and Christine Hicks $25.00
Jean and Richard Whippee $25.00
Robert and Susan Burns $20.00
Alicia Eisnor $25.00
Alyce and Robert McConchie $25.00
Bill and Jeanne Lytle $25.00
Robert Perry $15.00
Joseph and Roxanne Dery $25.00
Claire and Omer Guertin $10.00
Barbara Black $20.00
Noreen and Anthony Fernandes $15.00
R.D.W. Associates $25.00
Edgar and Patricia Boisjolie $10.00
Ada Rauscher $20.00
Nancy and James Woods $25.00
John and Therese Ryan $10.00
James and Ann Livingstone $25.00
Ralph and Priscilla Dallara $20.00
Jessica Chauvin $25.00
Sandra and Conrad Goodreau $25.00
Susan Tremblay and Christmas For Cure $1,000.00
David and Colleen Spofford $25.00
Jeffrey and Jeanne Ferree $50.00
Osterman Management LLC $500.00
Dan and Kelly Pucci $200.00
Trak Foundation/Mike Morrison $1,000.00
Karen and Wayne Boulette $20.00
Adeline Powell And Jeanette Rodgers $10.00
Geraldine Faherty $50.00
Eric and Meghan Knott $20.00
Bradley Family $25.00
Ken Szymansky$25.00
Jennifer Aufiero$100.00
Roberta LaFontaine$100.00
mary marengo$100.00
Rosemary Guillette$50.00
Peter Lemieux$25.00
tara labruzzo$50.00
Kathleen Stone$50.00
Mark Buron$100.00
Beth Schirch$30.00
Stu MacRury$25.00
Tara Smock$46.00
Craig Porter$200.00
Barbara Molla$50.00
Joyce Stgermain$50.00
Wendy Currier$20.00
Stuart Hickman$50.00
Dawn Stafford$50.00
Jennifer Carney$25.00
Jennifer Watkins$50.00
Christine Laatz$50.00
Stacie Sheehan$50.00
Susan Schremser$100.00
Amie Clancy$25.00
Christine Jasset$20.00
Karen von Berg$50.00
Jayne Peister$50.00

Great Floridian Showdown 2015

Sponsored by Old School Gear

The For Kids' Sake Triathlon Team will be competing in the Great Floridian triathlon to raise money to fight neuroblastoma. Donate on behalf of your favorite team, or if you'd like to race as an individual or a team, e-mail Glen with your information!

Click on a team below for more information and to donate. Refresh to see the latest totals.

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.