Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Colton Conquers Cancer

Welcome to our team fundraising page for Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego!

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we are supporting Rady Children's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the leading health care provider of its kind in our region. 

September is a time for the San Diego community to come together and shine a golden light for the work done at the Peckham Center. All year long, the center's team is dedicated to finding new cures and improving the health and well-being of every child in their care.

You can help, too! Get started by
  • donating to our team to help me reach my fundraising goal;
  • joining our team or creating your own fundraising page; or
  • sharing our page with others who believe in hope and healing.
Any amount, big or small, will be greatly appreciated. Everything helps Rady Children's deliver healthier tomorrows to its patients with cancer.


Colton's Story:

Colton was diagnosed with the most common form of childhood cancer, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on December 10, 2020 at just 14 months old. After he began having fevers on and off, low appetite and one unusually cranky day, the new walker stopped walking entirely and was brought early the next morning to Rady Children’s Hospital, where after a quick blood test was immediately diagnosed with ALL, news so unexpected for a boy who’d never even had a runny nose! His first treatment started the day after diagnosis in the PICU where he remained for 3 days before being transferred to the Hematology/Oncology unit. Colton and his parents spent the next 4 weeks and all of the winter holidays inpatient receiving life-saving treatment before getting discharged to be treated on a more outpatient basis where he is being treated now. The Rady Children’s team at the Peckham Center made Colton and his parents feel like family while there for the hardest weeks of their life and it didn’t feel like they were missing out on anything (other than sleep) being away from home, while at the very best place in town to heal!

A diagnosis that was untreatable and devastating just over 50 years ago, is now highly treatable thanks to funding and research in childhood cancer as well as huge advances in supportive care, each child’s life saved from cancer is worth more than gold in years of life added! Colton is now in remission, like most kids like him, but the road to a hopeful future cure for ALL is a long one and he will be treated with Chemotherapy at Rady Children’s for about 2.5 years total. 

While he has persevered through it all these last 9 months with a huge smile, loads of energy, lots of normal toddler milestones and the best attitude, it has not been easy as his weeks have consisted of weekly IV chemo, pulses of steroids, more than a dozen lumbar punctures procedures, oral chemo pills, twice daily blood thinning injections, 17 blood transfusions, liver disease and about 9 planned and unplanned inpatient hospital stays, and many of the side effects that go along with the treatment.

Colton loves anything with wheels, music, naming colors, his dog, his nurses and the amazing supporting staff at Rady Children’s that have helped make this unimaginable time full of so many good moments and so much hope!

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Donations to my page support our Greatest Needs Fund.

Donations to my page support critical cancer support programs at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

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