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Guest blog by mom, blogger and "BELIEVER": Tracy Posillico

photos courtesy of Tracy Posillico of Whitney

My name is Tracy Posillico and four years ago, my husband and I were blessed with our first child, Whitney. I was 26, a new mom and so happy! Then it all changed. When Whitney was 5-weeks-old, she was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer and given a 20% of living. She had surgery and immediately began an aggressive 10-cycle protocol of chemotherapy, transfusions and more surgeries. After a loving year of giggles and smiles, Whitney became an angel just after her first birthday. What will always amaze me was that she left the world a better place in just 377 days! She taught us all to laugh, to live in the present and to always BELIEVE!

Whitney, Paul and I at the Great Wall of China where we spent three weeks attempting Traditional Chinese Medicine.

During Whitney’s journey, we learned that only 4% of federal funding goes to childhood cancer research. Our kids are worth more than 4 cents! That year we joined forces with St. Baldrick’s and raised over $170,000 for pediatric cancer research in just ten days! Then we started the Whit Whit Walk. So, every September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and coincidently, Whitney’s birthday month, we raise awareness and funds at Caumsett State Park. Our friends, family and community come to show their support. The Whit Whit Walk raised over $170,000 the past three years. Every cent was sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where the Whit Whit Fund researches childhood tumor cancers.

This year's 4th annual walk is on September 18th at 8:30 am at Caumsett State Park to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. Our honoree is a 17-year old Leukemia survivor from the Lloyd Harbor area, Will Benjamin. 

Our family of six. We have had three children since Whitney and our two oldest talk about their sister daily.

Come join us for a fun family morning Sunday, September 18th at 8:30am! There will be food, drinks and great raffle prizes! All pre-registered walkers receive a t-shirt! The Caumsett loop is three miles. $30/person. $8 for parking unless you have an empire passport. We look forward to another successful year!

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Tracy Posillico

2015 Whit Whit Walk