Buzz Buddies


Meet the brave and inspirational kids whose lives have been made a little brighter thanks to our amazing Buzzees.  Share their stories with donors so they can understand how their gift is making life better for kids fighting cancer.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Ava G.

Age: 8

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

It has been 1 year since I was diagnosed with Leukemia.  I am in remission, but must continue my treatment for another year.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program?

I have to choose two, because they’re both my favorite.  The first is Birthday Parties.  I had to celebrate my 7th birthday in Boston Children’s Hospital, but One Mission threw me a party and all of my friends and family were able to come and celebrate.  The second is Food Night.  Pasta Wednesday was my favorite, because I love pasta almost as much as I love cheese.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

I love to wear hats with big flowers on them. I am doing so well with my treatment that I was able to join my soccer team after a year away. I am a chef. I love to cook for my family. My specials are scrambled eggs, chicken cutlets, meatballs, lasagna and Nutella & Fluff sandwiches.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Hunter P.

Age: 14

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

I was diagnosed on June 13, 2006 at a local ER for headaches and vomiting and was  immediately sent to Duke to meet Neurosurgeon, Dr. Fuchs. I had tumor resection via brain surgery on June 15, 2016 and spent two weeks in the hospital.  I couldn’t talk or move due to the tumor and the surgery.  On July 12, 2016, I started six weeks of radiation Monday through Friday, every day.  Radiation made me very sick and I lost my hair. October through January I had chemotherapy.  I got four adult doses of chemo and a stem cell transplant to help recover.  There have been a lot of ups and downs but so far, clear scans which equals no cancer.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program?

Smile Makers. Anything that makes treatment easier, makes people smile (I love to smile) and takes you away from a moment to have fun.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

I am a pediatric stroke survivor AND a cancer survivor. I am the oldest triplet of the three. Rob Gronkowski is my idol and I love the Patriots.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Maxwell G.

Age: 4

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Maxwell, who seems to only answer to Max is your typical 4 year old boy.  Living the dream, growing up in the heart of the Lakes Region.  His big decisions are do we visit friends and family, do we spend the day at our little beach on Lake Winnisquam, do we go snow shoeing at Prescott Farm, do we go to Gilford Library, do we go for a hike up Rattlesnake and visit the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center or do we ride our bikes on the WOW trail?   On June 24, 2016, (our third doctor visit since June 7) we learned that Max was sick, and our doctor sent us immediately to the ER at Boston Children’s Hospital for more testing.  It was around 10pm that it was confirmed, Max had Leukemia ALL Type B.  This was a gift from God, as this is the “best cancer” to get.  Yes, that is what we heard from the doctors for days to come.  Saturday morning started with a procedure in the OR which started the count down.  For the next 43 days Max stayed at “camp” Children’s Hospital in Boston receiving treatment.  Finally, Max came home Saturday evening August 6, 2016.  For the next two years Max will go down to the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston to maintain his treatments.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite. 

The resource room on the 6th floor became a lifesaver.  We were constantly there to do arts and crafts, celebrate the Summer Olympics, watch a movie, or to simply ask for some toothpaste.  Also, Taco night and Pizza nights were an amazing hit.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Max has a big sister Olivia, who loves him to the moon and back; and a golden doodle dog, JG the dog.  He loves everything Fire Trucks, Paw Patrol, Fireman Sam, Rescue Bots, tree houses and playing with his sister and friends.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Adyson “Ady” Lavallee

Age: 8

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Ady’s and our families journey with pediatric cancer began on October 20, 2015 when Ady was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after a few short weeks of intermittent leg/hip pain that was initially thought of as “growing pains” or a bone infection by physicians. After her diagnosis and the initiation of her intense chemotherapy treatment, Ady suffered a severe complication of acute pancreatitis as a result of one of the chemotherapy medications which resulted in a stint in the ICU, many, MANY additional surgical procedures, urgent transports to the hospital, the development of a large pseudocyst as a result of the pancreatitis, a drain implanted from her pancreas out of her back to alleviate symptoms, far too many extended hospital stays and time away from being a little kid. All on top of fighting cancer like a complete Rockstar.  From October 20, 2015 forward Ady has endured more than ever thought possible and continues to maintain her sweetness, positive attitude, and bright smile! Ady is scheduled to stop treatment for her leukemia in November 2017 and we’re very hopeful that the additional complications will subside once her treatment lessens.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program?

This may not be an actual “program” but I will say that we do not know where we would be without the AMAZING staff and volunteers within the One Mission Resource Room on the 6th floor at Children’s and all they do for the patients and their families, including siblings! The activities that they provide, the games, movies, food days/nights, fun theme days are truly a bright moment in a time that is needed the most. These moments are what we hope become memories of the significant time spent within the hospital for both Ady and her little sister.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Fun facts: Ady is in 3rd grade and loves school! Some of her other loves include being with her friends and family; loves, loves, loves all things New England Patriots; playing soccer; Carrie Underwood; huge obsession with cooking and baking and anything related to the food network! Ady is extremely thankful to be chosen as a Buzz Buddy and is so appreciative of those who are raising awareness for childhood cancer and helping her feel like she is not alone.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Anthony P.

Age: 15

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

On January 15, 2014, I was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).  I had just turned 12 in October.  I was in 6th grade.  I was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital intensive care unit because my WBC and lab results were so abnormal, the doctors wanted to monitor me closely to make sure I didn’t have any secondary medical problems from the disease.  After a few days, I was then admitted to the 6th floor.  I continued to live in the hospital in the same room with my mom/dad staying with me until March.  I was also in and out during the month of May.  During this time, One Mission provided most of the things for me to do.  If it were not for One Mission, I would have little to do while sitting in a hospital bed with an IV attached to me.  On February 14, 2016, I finally finished my treatment which consisted of radiation, chemo, lumbar spinal tests and other medications.  I know just go to the hospital once a month to get checked.  I am in remission for now and go to the Jimmy Fund Clinic every four months.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite. 

My favorite One Mission program was Dec My Room.  It is when they have you fill out a form of your favorite colors and things.  Then one day when I was in the O.R. having a procedure, they remodeled my room and transformed it into all my favorite things.  This was so cool!  It didn’t even look like I was in the hospital.  I felt for the first time like I was in my room at home.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

I have a twin brother and two other brothers.  I love to read and do art.  I was the artist of the month in February 2014 at Children’s Hospital while I was a patient.

Anthony will be at the Buzz Off this year as our Special Guest Artist at the One Mission Resource Room table.  Be sure to stop by and say hello.

Buzz Buddy Name:

Gabrielle M. (Gabby)

Age: 11

Tell us about your journey with cancer:

Gabby was diagnosed with AML on August 26, 2013. She had three rounds of chemo and then a life-saving bone marrow transplant on December 20, 2013. Gabby spent 5 months’ in-patient and Boston Children’s Hospital for her treatments and various surgeries. Gabby has been in remission for 3 years and 4 months and is back to normal activities including school, sports, and hanging out with friends.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite?

Gabby’s favorite One Mission Programs is the Child Life Specialists Heather and Abby. They always kept me busy with crafts, movies and snacks. I would wait for them by the elevator every morning!

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

I still enjoy doing crafts, playing soccer, drama club and student council.  I love being with my family and friends. I want to be a pediatric oncology nurse.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Michael K.

Age: 8

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Michael was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in May 2014. He spent 3 months in Boston Children’s Hospital and received a trial therapy at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Today, he is doing great and has no evidence of disease! Michael has been an inspiration. No matter what he’s had to endure, his only concern has been for his family and the other sick children around him.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Mikey loves football and the Patriots. He also loves playing his Xbox and
PlayStation 4 with his brothers and cousins.

Buzz Buddy Name:

Madison D.

Age: 13

Tell us about your journey with cancer:

Maddie was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma on November 26, 2013 at the
age of 10. She was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber’s
Jimmy Fund Clinic. She underwent 14 rounds of chemo and a major surgery
to remove a 2 inch tumor from her right tibia. She has been in remission since September 23, 2014.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Maddie loves to give back in every way possible to the kids that are sick like she was. Look for Maddie in the cheering section at this years Buzz Off – She is joining us as a Head Cheerleader this year!

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Carlie G.

Age: 15

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Carlie was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma on October 5, 2015. She had just started her freshman year of High School when her right shoulder started
hurting. They found she had a tumor on her right clavicle bone. In January 2016, her clavicle bone was removed and they determined the tumor was a 100% dead. Carlie kicked cancer’s butt and along the way, she and her family became a part of the One Mission family.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite. 

Carlie’s favorite One Mission Program was the Catered Meals program. Especially Taco Tuesday!

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Carlie loves to sing, play piano, and is the oldest of 4 girls.

Buzz Buddy Name:

Madison B.

Age: 8

Tell us about your journey with cancer:

Madison was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia on March 1, 2010 at just 18 months old. After 1 year of being cancer free, Madison’s cancer returned. Madison and her mother Shauna, spent the next 5 months in-patient at Boston Children’s Hospital followed by almost 2 more years of outpatient treatment. In April 2016, Madison’s family moved to Philadelphia to take part in a clinical trial called T cell therapy. As of April 2017, everything is working and Madison is feeling wonderful!

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite?

Madison’s favorite One Mission Programs were Taco Tuesday and Spa Days because they lifted her spirits and helped her get through another day.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Samuel P.

Age: 8

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Samuel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) just ten days after his 7th birthday. Samuel has completed one year of his two years of treatment and has endured multiple overnight stays in the hospital, spinals taps, spiked fevers, and regular chemotherapy. But, he is Sam Strong. His parents attest, Samuel is tough and strong and has been kicking cancer’s butt.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite. 

Samuel’s favorite One Mission Program is Pasta Night! Samuel and his family said that these dinners gave them a much-needed break from Sam’s hospital room.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Samuel loves the WWE, especially John Cena! Samuel also loves being with his brother Maxwell, especially playing Wii together.

Buzz Buddy Name:

Gavin S.

Age: 5

Tell us about your journey with cancer:

Gavin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) just a month after turning three. He started chemotherapy right away and completed treatment in February 2017. He is now in remission and getting stronger every day! Gavin has faced some grueling side effects, but with tremendous support from amazing people and organizations, he has prevailed! Gavin goes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for monthly clinic visits and starts Kindergarten in the Fall.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite?

Gavin absolutely loved One Mission’s Gronk’s Buddy Bowl! Gronk is Gavin’s favorite Patriot player and even named his dog after him.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Gavin loves to play with his friends at preschool, play basketball with his brother Tyler and create Lego Star Wars sets.

Buzz Buddy Name: 

Belle S.

Age: 6

Tell us about your journey with pediatric cancer: 

Belle was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma just before her fourth birthday. Belle spent more than 60 nights in the hospital and a year in treatment. Doctors from all over the world worked on Belle’s case. Thankfully today, Belle is in remission, but has had to endure serious side effects from treatment.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite. 

Belle’s favorite One Mission Programs are the Treasure Chest and Music Therapy. Both were very important to her during treatment. The hospital was boring and both the toys and the music made it more fun.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Belle loves school and has made it her mission to help other kids who have cancer. Her favorite place is Story Land!

Buzz Buddy Name:

Steven “Jayden” D.

Age: 14

Tell us about your journey with cancer:

Jayden was diagnosed at the age of 5 months with an inoperable brain tumor and has been in treatment at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic since that young age. Jayden has never let being sick stop him. He is an energetic, rambunctious teenager who enjoys playing basketball and intramural sports.

Do you have a favorite One Mission Program? If you do, tell us what it is and why it is your favorite?

Jayden’s favorite One Mission Program is The Buzz Off because of the relationships he has built with Buzzees that have helped him stay positive. Jayden would like all the Buzzees to know, especially his team, COMM Fire; that he appreciates all their support.

Is there anything special you would like the Buzzees to know about you?

Jayden loves The Buzz Off, playing basketball and intramural sports.

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