MCAMF is committed to improving the treatment options for children diagnosed with osteosarcoma and improving the treatment experience for children and teens diagnosed with any type of cancer. To support our goal of developing a generation of compassionate compassionate youth leaders, we also recognize young people who demonstrate caring toward others and high academic achievement. Our fundraising efforts support these initiatives.
I am pleased to have been chosen for this award and I hope to achieve many great things with the help it will provide me in paying for college.
– Christopher Palumbo
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, and . As a reflection of Mason’s commitment to his education during his treatment, we have established a scholarship for high school graduates with a prior diagnosis of osteosarcoma who are pursuing careers in medicine. An overview of the scholarship program is available. The application may be accessed here and is due April 1, 2020.
Congratulations to our 2018 OS Scholar Christopher Palumbo!
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.
2019 Student Humanitarians:
Neshaminy High School – Adrianna Fisher
Carl Sandburg Middle School – Allison Sperling
Albert Schweitzer Elementary – Chase Hoffman
2018 Student Humanitarians:
Neshaminy High School – Julianna Schwab
Carl Sandburg Middle School – Julia Aquilone
Albert Schweitzer Elementary – Michael Miller
2017 Student Humanitarians:
Neshaminy High School – Dominika Burkiewicz
Carl Sandburg Middle School – Valerie Benson
Albert Schweitzer Elementary – Amelia Schaller
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.