Liam is a lively little guy with bright eyes and a heart-melting grin. Like lots of 4-year-olds, he’s excited about wearing his police officer costume while trick-or-treating this Halloween. He also loves video games, Transformers and is continually amazed by his growing baby brother, Vance. But, unlike most kids his age, Liam has acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
In early 2016, as Liam began coughing and looking increasingly pale, his mom, Shannon, took him to an urgent care center near their home in Illinois, assuming he simply needed an antibiotic. Once medical professionals discovered Liam’s swollen, tender belly, he was swiftly transported via ambulance to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for a 28-day stay. While there, he was diagnosed with ALL.
According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer. It most often occurs in children ages 3 to 5 and affects slightly more boys than girls. Since the diagnosis, Liam and his family travel back and forth for maintenance treatment, scans and other procedures.
“He has chemotherapy at St. Louis Children’s Hospital a per month and takes at-home meds by mouth every day,” said his dad, KnowledgeLake Technical Specialist II, Charlie Goble. “Every three months he has a Lumbar Puncture with chemotherapy as well.”
K-Lakers spring into action!
When KnowledgeLake employees learned of Pedal The Cause St. Louis, a cycling event which raises money to fund critical cancer research for the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, our #KLCares volunteers sprung into action and joined the Children’s Hospital Pedal The Cause team. Liam served as the team’s ambassador.
Established in 2010, the organization gives 100% of the donations received to advance cancer research. Many of the directly-funded projects have revealed ground-breaking results leading to new treatments, cures, preventions and early detection diagnostics. To date, 81,000 donors have contributed to Pedal The Cause St. Louis, raising $15,807,029 to fund 92 cancer research projects.
This year’s annual event was hosted September 23 and 24 in Chesterfield, MO. Fourteen #KLCares members were among the 3,074 riders to cycle through various courses. Some #KLCares members volunteered to check in guests or hand out bottles of water. Others donated to the cause.
#KLCares began fundraising efforts this past summer by initiating a game of Penny Wars and then hosting 5 food trucks in front of our headquarters. The eateries donated a portion of their proceeds to our effort. The total raised from all three events was almost $8,000.
Fundraising continues to October 31. Be sure to donate on behalf of Team Liam!
After the deadline, the Pedal the Cause St. Louis will tally funds raised then host a check presentation and celebration from 6-8 p.m., Thursday November 16 at Ballpark Village in downtown, St. Louis, MO. Click here to RSVP to the event.
An update on Liam
Liam will be on a treatment plan until June of 2019.
“He does very well with his treatments. He’s is a trooper every step of the way,” said Charlie.
Recently, Liam and his family took time out to enjoy Universal Studios Florida Theme Park in Orlando on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was there, Liam and his dad were able to meet the Transformer, Bumblee.
“The trip was amazing,” said Charlie, “We all had so much fun.”