Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. It is currently the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States, topping the chart at 53%. The average age of a child with a cancer diagnosis is SIX. The causes of childhood cancer are mostly unknown, and unfortunately cannot be prevented.
Once a family receives a cancer diagnosis, their world is turned upside down. Their innocent child will be battling the toughest fight of their lives. The whirlwind begins of doctor visits, chemotherapy, co-pays, hotel stays, and hundreds of other things that will disrupt the lives of the entire family.
In 2012, Tulsa Firefighter Mark Meyer went for a routine well check and received the news nobody wants to hear; cancer. Mark traveled to New York to have a 32-pound tumor removed from his abdomen. He then flew to Germany where doctors removed 15 metastasis from his left lung, and 12 from his right lung. Due to his extensive medical struggles Mark was forced to retire from the job he loved.
Hydrants of Hope was created by Mark, and his wife Selina, after they realized how many children were battling the same battle they were…cancer. St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK, treats on average 150 children with cancer a year, and that number increases every year. Hydrants of Hope provides financial assistance to those struggling families to make their fight a little less stressful. Since its inception, Hydrants of Hope has donated more than $100,000.00 to the families at St. Francis Hospital.