Allie has been a patient at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children since she was 6-years-old and was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. After 18 months of an intensive treatment regimen of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery to remove the tumor and multiple stem cell transplants, Allie’s cancer went into remission. Her cancer relapsed when she turned 11 and she received a high dose of chemotherapy for the next three and half years, putting her cancer into remission once again. At 16, her cancer relapsed for a second time and through aggressive treatment, Allie was able to beat neuroblastoma for the third time. In the summer of 2012, as she was about to enter college, Allie was diagnosed with a new cancer: osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in her leg. After spending the past year battling the cancer, Allie has recently started her freshman year, cancer free at Wheelock College, studying early childhood education. Her continued determination entirely embodies the spirit of the Cam Neely Award for Courage.
“Allie has beat cancer four times since she was just 6 years old. To see such a young woman, despite so many hardships, continue to embrace life and want to help others is truly inspiring and courageous,” said Cam Neely. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to honor Allie with this year’s Cam Neely Award for Courage.”
“Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children are honored to award Allison Hawkes with the annual Cam Neely Award for Courage,” said Dr. Michael Wagner, Interim President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. “She reminds us of how important determination and keeping a positive outlook on life are, and there could not be a more deserving recipient for this extremely special award.”
Tufts Medical Center’s annual Working Wonders benefit evening will be held on March 26, 2014, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The signature fundraising event will feature awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.
About Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center:
Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center is an inspiring benefit evening to recognize and celebrate champions of the Medical Center. Every day Tufts Medical Center is working wonders—providing academically sophisticated care in a warm, collaborative and inviting atmosphere. Proceeds from the event will support compassionate care, leading-edge research and our commitment to treat all our patients as if they are a part of the family. For more information: Working Wonders.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.