A diagnosis of osteosarcoma means months of chemotherapy, limb-salvage surgery or amputation – and in some cases, both, and frequent diagnostic testing to ensure that the disease has not recurred. All of this takes a toll on a young person’s ability to excel in school. As a reflection of Mason’s commitment to his education during his treatment, we have established a scholarship for high school seniors with a prior diagnosis of osteosarcoma.
Mason Allen was an exceptionally kind and caring young man. Personal accounts of classmates and those who attended his elementary school underscored how he would seek out those who were excluded, isolated and in need of a kind word or deed. Mason was also an honor roll student, part of the school district’s gifted program. In his honor, the MCAMF will make a monetary award to one student matriculating from the elementary and middle schools Mason attended, and the high school he planned to attend.
Each year, the MCAMF will hold several events to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, and specifically about osteosarcoma – the most common bone cancer affecting children and young adults. Funds raised will support osteosarcoma research through the funding of promising studies in partnership with the Children’s Oncology Group and Make It Better Agents.
Please see the current calendar of events on our home page and plan to join us or make a donation event if you can’t participate.
In keeping Mason’s spirit alive, we are creating a 1-week summer program to develop compassionate leaders among youth in the Bucks County area. The program will combine real-life scenarios, role play and participation in community service. The goal of this project is to develop a cadre of committed community servants who – by their example – will inspire compassion among their peers. Applications to participate in this project will be available in early 2019 for the inaugural summer class.