Pierce Phillips Charity
Pierce Phillips Charity was created in 2010 by Scott & Brandi Phillips in memory of their son, Pierce, who battled an especially deadly form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. While only accounting for 7% of all childhood cancer cases each year, it accounts for 15% of all deaths. Children who have this high risk disease have less than 30% chance of long term survival. Pierce courageously fought Neuroblastoma for over half his life and earned his angel wings at 2 years of age.
Every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and congenital anomalies combined. Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
In the United States, around 18,000 children are diagnosed annually with cancer. 4,000 children will die from cancer each year; that’s 11 children … every single day… every single year.
Unfortunately, there has not been a major breakthrough in the deadliest forms of childhood cancer in over 30 years. Despite the facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded by government funded programs. Childhood cancer research funding relies heavily on other sources, such as Pierce Phillips Charity, to assist in making a difference. Pierce Phillips Charity is proud to be an all- volunteer charity and gives back 100% of all proceeds.
Why We Do What We Do:
To watch a child battle cancer will change your life. To watch a child receive adult level treatments is one of the most gut-wrenching, sobering moments one can encounter. In order to make real progress in childhood cancer, Pierce Phillips Charity firmly believes that funding must be directed toward research that will develop new and innovative ways to attack and destroy cancer in children. The data, the technology, the brilliant scientists and doctors are out there – they simply need funding to change history and give children a fighting chance. Pierce Phillips Charity is excited to join some brilliant partners in helping guide us in making a real difference in the childhood cancer community.
Pierce Phillips was born on July 2007 to Scott and Brandi Phillips. Pierce was an easy going child and people often referred to Pierce as an “old soul” because of his demeanor and captivating eyes that seemed to be full of wisdom. Pierce enjoyed riding his fire truck, watching Shrek, and hanging out with his mommy and daddy.
At 13-months of age Pierce was diagnosed with an especially deadly form of cancer: Neuroblastoma. While only accounting for 7% of all childhood cancer cases each year, it accounts for 15% of all deaths. The children who have the high risk form of the disease have less than a 30% chance of long term survival.
Pierce received treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. While there, Pierce underwent induction therapy including 5 cycles of high dose chemotherapy, surgery, 14 rounds of radiation and immunotherapy with high doses of Accutane. The next step in treatment for this 15-month old child was a high risk protocol, referred to as 3F8 in the medical community, which took him to the brink of death more than once. After these aggressive treatments, Pierce achieved NED status – no evidence of cancer was detected. His family spent the next few months at home in Oklahoma with their healthy son and enjoyed the simple everyday life that parents should be able to experience with their child.
Unfortunately, Neuroblastoma has over a 50% relapse rate and during an emergency bowel surgery, it was discovered that the cancer had returned. Pierce was then given salvage chemotherapy, which had no effect on his disease and he developed another bowel obstruction within weeks of having emergency bowel surgery. At this point, the Neuroblastoma had affected Pierce’s vital organs and his parents were forced to make a decision that no parent should ever have to make. With no real options left for Pierce, Brandi and Scott decided to stop treatment and take him home to enjoy every minute they could loving Pierce in his final days. In the arms of his mother and surrounded by family, Pierce earned his angel wings October 2009.
Pierce was truly a one-of-a-kind child and in a short time touched many lives. He taught his mom and dad the true meaning of courage and strength. Pierce took on life with a smile and even in the toughest of battles he gracefully handled each journey.