Alec Kazandjian

Like many 10-year-olds, Alec Kazandjian likes to go full throttle. Whether it’s basketball, baseball, hockey, riding his bike, driving his go-kart or playing video games, he gives his all.

He’s also a caring son. When he was diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2013, his first thought was to comfort his parents. “We were trying to be strong and not break down, but we did,” his mom recalls. “Alec turns to us and he’s like, ‘Don’t cry.’ He made us smile.”

On Sunday, Sept. 28 Alec and family and friends will be among the thousands participating in the Parkway Run & Walk on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Held every year at the conclusion of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this event has raised millions for cancer research and survivorship programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Alec and the other inspiring CHOP Parkway Run & Walk Ambassadors want to bring awareness to pediatric cancer so more is done to find cures. Do your part this September! Speak up for Alec.


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