Teen cancer survivor gives back to CHOP
PHILADELPHIA - February 9, 2011 (WPVI) -- Many people make charitable contributions to medical institutions, but one teenager's donation goes the extra mile.
"On February 2008, I came to CHOP and I had brain cancer."
At 13, Pearce Quesnberry is a survivor, and through her Pearce Q. Foundation, the Wilmington 8th grader presented a $12,000 check to Children's Hospital.
"So that you guys can help cure this disease, so that you guys can all retire," explained Pearce to the Children's Hospital cancer team.
Pearce was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 10. Family and friends launched a foundation to help the Quesenberry's with bills and related issues.
When Pearce finished her treatment, she wanted the work to continue, and the Pearce Q. Foundation was born. And it is not just named for her, she is a hands-on board member, helping at meetings and organizing events.
"I just couldn't go on with my life knowing that everybody else was laying in the hospital sick. So that's what drove me," said Pearce.
"This is not just something she does because she wants attention. She really, really wants a cure for cancer," said Pearce's mom Debbie Quesenberry. "She doesn't want any other kids to suffer."
Half of the money raised will help families of sick children. 35% will go towards research, and Pearce was able to tour one of the new research labs at CHOP. It is hoped that a cure lies within those walls.
"I feel great," said Pearce. "I lot better than a few years ago."
Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist Jane Minturs was a member of Pearce's medical team.
"Now she's focused on regaining her life," said Dr. Jane Minturs. "For us to see her as a healthy survivor is wonderful."
With five major fundraisers annually and several mini fundraisers planned, Pearce says she will continue to raise money and awareness to help battle pediatric brain cancer.
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