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 Foundation.
In keeping Mason’s spirit alive, the Foundation will create opportunities for local youth to participate in community service projects that benefit children diagnosed with cancer as well as other activities that provide a meaningful service experience. The Foundation will also provide support to missions by Make it Better Agents to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with osteosarcoma.