AJ Janower, Board President of A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation, and his daughter, brain tumor survivor Samantha Janower, were recently asked to speak at the Pan Mass Challenge Heavy Hitters dinner in Boston, MA. In attendance at this dinner were over 600 dedicated PMC supporters who have raised significant funds for cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Samantha, diagnosed when she was 3.5 years old, is now a healthy 16 year-old, but she lives with this diagnosis every day. Samantha’s diagnosis greatly impacted her through her young life and she is determined to change this for children with similar diagnoses.

Samantha’s Dad, AJ, promised to protect her and keep her safe from harm when she was born. He felt he had violated that promise when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor by exposing her to neuro surgery and toxic chemotherapy. AJ resolved to find a way to make it up to her and has been tirelessly fundraising for pediatric brain cancer research ever since.

AJ and Samantha have taken this devastating diagnosis and turned it into a positive force in the area of pediatric brain tumor research. Because of their efforts (and others involved with AKBTC) and their passion to change the outcomes of children diagnosed with brain cancer, research and development of promising new treatments is accelerating.

Please watch the Janower’s inspiring address here and consider making a donation so that all children can fight for their dreams, not for their lives.