My name is Payton Titus. I am a 17-year-old swimmer from Jacksonville, Florida. In December of 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Intermediate Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As a survivor, I feel as though I have an obligation to raise awareness for the children who’s lives were cut short by this wretched disease and those who’s battles are still to come.
Only 3.8% of the Nation Cancer Research budget is allocated to pediatric oncology. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, in the last 6 years, 77 new drugs have been developed to treat adult cancers while 3 new drugs have been developed to treat childhood cancers over the course of the last 77 years. A portion of the proceeds from the Laps for Life Swim-a-thon will be donated to the Kate Amato Foundation. KAP’s mission is as follows:
“Kate Amato Foundation is dedicated to finding safer, smarter and more effective treatments for children with cancer by fundraising to support innovative research that accelerates the pace of progress and saves young lives.”