Our Vision and Mission!
We made a promise to Scot that we would help families battling childhood cancer, help children/young adults get into trial programs when their insurance wont cover it, and most importantly to help in finding a cure so no family will have to go through what we did!
We help families by sharing our story, being empathetic to their needs, and letting them know they aren’t alone.
Our Believe Backpacks program is designed to help newly diagnosed families ease into the shock of having a child with cancer. The children’s Believe Backpacks contain essentials like chapstick and hand sanitizer as well as fun packs like coloring books and card games. We also include a Team Scot blanket and socks to keep the children warm while going through Chemotherapy. The parents Believe Backpacks have a binder that will help maintain all paperwork from the hospital organized and accessible as well as guide them to various non-profits which help families with specific needs and support. The parents bags will also contain gift cards to various amenities such as gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores.
Ways we help and support families through community volunteers and helping hands:
Deliver meals to families at the hospital via restaurants, volunteers, or Door Dash
Help coordinate family and friends to help with their basic needs
Scot Sieczko was diagnosed with a rare Childhood Cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, also known as RMS, in June 2012. He entered a 54-week trial program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and was cleared of this Cancer November 2013 only to relapse a month later in December, 2013. Scot fought hard for 2-1/2 years and gained his Angel Wings September 28, 2014.
He will be truly missed by all that loved him.
We created Team Scot to honor him and keep his memory and vision alive. Scot was adamant we continue the fight to help raise awareness for childhood cancer through fundraising, advocating, and research support. Although our fundraising focus will center on Rhabdomyosarcoma, we will also be donating towards the fight of all childhood and pediatric cancers. While Scot understood that he would not be around to help with Team Scot, he made sure to leave behind a great gift for both his doctors and for patients battling RMS; Scot donated his tumor for research. The very thing that robbed Scot of his future will be used to test new drugs, generate better treatments, and eventually find a cure.
At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Dr. Amit Sabnis, Scot’s oncologist, is working hard to find new treatments for RMS. The monies we raise through our many efforts will go directly to Dr. Sabnis and his team to help fund research. We will also be teaming up with Dr. Sabnis to help start a Tissue Bank that will store genetic information on the many different strings and mutations in cancers. Through advocating, we hope to get the word out to childhood cancer patients, and their families, on the importance of tissue and tumors donation for research.
It took losing Scot to make us realize that this disease does not discriminate against age or gender. It does not care who it takes, no matter how bright their future might have been. So we will ask for your help, we will invite you to participate, and we will keep you informed. There will be many ways to support this fight and I hope you will join us.