When you meet Shannon Fonti, you’d never guess what this 17-year-old has been through. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer during elementary school, Shannon beat her disease once. It was during high school that her family learned that cancer had reappeared, this time in a bone in her leg.
So treatment began again – this time it was proton therapy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, an advanced form of radiation therapy. But the tumor hasn’t slowed Shannon down one bit. She’s still laughing non-stop, helping out with her little sisters, and soaking up every last drop of her high school years.
Shannon was selected as a patient Ambassador for the 2014 Parkway Run & Walk, to be held Sept. 28. This annual run raises money for pediatric cancer research and survivorship programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Parkway Run caps off a month of activities that celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, each of which aim to remind the world that there’s a war to be won against pediatric cancer. Do your part this September. Walk for Shannon.
Register for the Parkway Run & Walk, benefiting childhood cancer research and survivorship programs at CHOP.