$6,666 of $10,000
134 donations

This fundraiser ended on 08/31/12

Create a fundraiser like this

The family and friends of Zoë Wallen are uniting together to raise funds so that Zoë can begin a new, promising treatment against DIPG.

On March 27th of this year, Zoë Wallen celebrated her 10th birthday. This was a very special and significant milestone in her young life. At this time last year, doctors were doubtful that Zoë would live to see another birthday.

Zoë is battling a rare and lethal brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG is an aggressive cancer located in the brainstem, the area of the brain that regulates breathing, swallowing, heart rate, and body temperature. As this disease progresses, it slowly and maliciously robs its victims of their ability to speak, see, eat, and eventually, breathe. Furthermore, because of its location and the nature of the disease, DIPG tumors are inoperable.

In the spring of 2011, Zoë underwent a six week course of radiation and chemotherapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Although her response to treatment was positive, doctors warned that this “remission” would be only temporary. Most children who undergo this treatment experience tumor regrowth within 6-9 months of therapy and only 30% of children survive the year. Zoë is blessed to be one of the 30%.

However, two weeks ago, a routine MRI revealed that Zoë's tumor has started re-growing and a new nodule has formed...the news was heartbreaking. Her scans were immediately sent to St. Jude and MD Anderson, but neither hospital had much to offer. Zoë is not a candidate for irradiation, so the best either hospital could offer was a Phase I clinical trial, testing whether or not a new chemo drug is safe for human consumption.

A few months ago, Zoë’s family was informed of an FDA-approved clinical trial underway in Texas. The purpose of this Phase IV trial is to further test a new medication that has shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in some patients. In March of this year, the Wallen family made the long drive to Texas to meet with the doctors and determine her eligibility. The family was thrilled to learn that Zoë is a candidate and thankful for new hope.

This particular clinical trial is being offered through a clinic in the private sector and is not being funded by a big business pharmaceutical company. Therefore, although the cost of the medication is covered by the trial, the rest of Zoë's medical care is not. It is estimated that the family's out-of-pocket expense could exceed tens of thousands of dollars.

Therefore, we are launching a fundraising campaign that will enable Zoë to begin treatment without placing financial stress on her family. This campaign is called "Give $10 for 10". We are hoping to find 1,000 individuals who will donate $10 to Zoë’s fund...that's one dollar for each of Zoë’s 10 years on this earth. Obviously, any amount you can donate is appreciated. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by July 31st...please help us reach this goal!

If you would like to help us reach our goal but would prefer to donate via check, you can make your check payable to the "Zoë Wallen Benefit Fund" and mail it to Team Zoe, c/o Cheryl Weislak, PO Box 1953, Springfield, Ohio 45501.

Finally, we are strong believers in the power of prayer and we are convinced that it is the only reason Zoë is alive today. Please consider praying for Zoë and her family as they embark on this new treatment.

Thank you for your support!
View more


Supporter activity

Login to post a comment
or Login