Sullivan Family

Sullivan Family

Age: Finn, Baird and Sarah

Sullivan Family

  • Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2007
  • Diagnosis: Rhabdomyosarcoma

Finn was born in June of 2005, one minute after his twin brother Baird and less than three years after his sister Sarah. From early days Finn was a rambunctious, serious, active boy. He came by his love of speed, running, jumping, dancing and singing at an early age and those loves helped him keep his head up and chin forward through some very difficult times.

In February 2007, at around 21 months, Finn was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Finn endured chemotherapy, radiation treatment, over 70 anesthetics, numerous surgeries, the introduction of a pee bag and later a colostomy. By February 2008 it was supposed to be over. And for three glorious months we thought it was. Then another MRI. The cancer was back. In the lymph nodes. Incurable.

Ultimately, Finn’s story is not about incurable. Finn’s story is about how Finn lived and what amazing things he managed to Finnspire in his three short years. While he lived, Finn taught us a mantra that informs how Finn should be remembered. The mantra is Run Jump Bounce Dance Sing Love Smile and Ride. Please remember him that way.

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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