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Aidan’s Avengers in the News

Dr. Dunkel Awarded with DIPG Grant

Aidan’s Avengers had the honor of traveling to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to present a check to Dr. Dunkel on behalf of the DIPG Collaborative for his current DIPG research program.

Dr. Dunkel’s research is one of the approved research programs Aidan’s Avengers contributed to in 2015 via the DIPG Collaborative.

Scott and Andi on Y102 – Daily Do Good:
Aidan’s Avengers helps local child fighting brain cancer

Aidan's Avengers helps local boy

Dylan loves his fun box from Aidan’s Avengers

While funding Pediatric Brain Cancer Research is our top priority as an organization, we’ve also made it part of our mission to help local families that are battling this devastating disease.

Recently, we had the opportunity to bring a smile to 5-year old Dylan of Pottstown, who is battling DIPG. On behalf of Aidan’s Avengers , we put together a fun box of goodies that included some of Dylan’s favorite toys, a Minion blanket that was made special by Caitlin (Aidan’s sister), along with some Cards of Encouragement made by Caitlin’s 5th grade classmates at Amity Elementary Center. We were also able to provide Dylan’s parents with a check to assist with the financial burden that goes along with this battle.

Thank you to all of Aidan’s Avengers for helping us to make this possible – to bring a smile to this cutie and some peace of mind to his parents. Most importantly, we ask that you all keep Dylan and his family in your daily thoughts and prayers.

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Cancer Task Force Raises Hope

Sunday February 21, 2016 12:01 AMAidans Avengers family

President Barack Obama turned to Vice President Joe Biden and then lofted a dream into the air.

“For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” Obama said in January during his final State of the Union address.

Bob Bruno, 49, of Brecknock Township has lived those words. Over the last 21 months, cancer has progressed from his esophagus to his liver. He would love a cure for all cancer, but right now he just wants more time.
“At this point, my doctor told me we’re like Randall Cunningham throwing the bomb,” he said of his treatment. “Sometimes, it’s caught for the touchdown. Sometimes, it’s not.”
Susann Hoke, 76, could relate, too. The Cumru Township woman enrolled in a clinical trial for blood cancer last year at Reading Hospital. Her cancer was in remission within two months.”I am constantly amazed how I have benefited so fantastically from the advances in medical science in my lifetime,” she said.
A month shy of his 4th birthday, Aidan Dunion of Amity Township received a cancer diagnosis so horrible doctors could not deliver the news to his family all at once. He died 10 months later. “You’re just hunched over in disbelief,” his father Patrick said. “What do you mean there’s nothing you can do? He’s 3 years old.”
Bob Bruno, Susann Hoke and Aidan Dunion have three unique stories on the cancer spectrum. 
In April, Hoke was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood’s plasma cells. She decided to join a clinical trial offered at Reading Hospital. About 10 percent of cancer patients at the hospital are enrolled in clinical trials, Rupard said.
Hoke’s trial, from the Mayo Clinic, compared the standard of care against the latest drugs available to fight her disease. She received one of the new drugs in the trial. Her cancer responded to the chemotherapy almost immediately, and doctors told her she was in remission within two months, she said. The treatments were hard mentally and physically, but she’s grateful for the progress in the fight against cancer.
“Had I had this cancer 10 years ago, I would not be in the position I am now,” she said. “We are really fortunate without question. I’m so grateful and blessed that this was there for me. I think they should put every dollar right there into research.”
Aidan’s parents, Patrick and Tara, started the nonprofit Aidan’s Avengers to raise money and awareness for childhood cancers. They honor their son’s life by supporting the cause and advocating for more research funding for childhood cancers.
Every year, about 200 children are diagnosed with the inoperable brain stem tumor that Aidan had, Patrick said. The statistics say all 200 will be dead in five years.
The Dunions want the decision makers to remember that childhood cancers are different and need funding.
We continue to try and treat these children with the drugs that we give to adults, and it’s not working,” Patrick said. “The goal is to find new treatments and find a cure and give these parents and their children hope.
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Aidans Avengers Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Andi’s with Aidan’s Avengers accepting the donation check from this afternoon’s TSO show! November 25, 2015

A very big thank you to Trans-Siberian Orchestra! This is absolutely awesome for Aidan’s Avengers. Your generosity in helping Aidan’s Avengers and other local organizations is truly humbling. The show this afternoon was absolutely awesome, I will definitely be coming back again next year! Thank you to Andi Kurzweg, Scott & Andi and Y102 Real Rock Variety for helping to make this happen.

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Reading Eagle Newspaper
Wanted: Caped crusaders to run and walk for childhood brain cancer research

Imagine giving birth to a beautiful son.

Then imagine that son is diagnosed with brain cancer at 4 years old. Ten months later your beautiful son is gone.

If this sounds harsh, that’s because it is.

That’s why dozens of family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances will gather on Saturday in Douglassville to run and walk in memory of Aidan Dunion.

Aidan, son of Pat and Tara Dunion of Douglassville, was diagnosed with what doctors call DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. It’s a tumor on the brain stem that affects nervous-system functions and increasingly robs victims of their ability to walk and talk.

Doctors can’t operate because if they did they could harm the patient’s ability to breathe, swallow or perform other vital functions.
Aidan died in August 2014, and family members have since dedicated themselves to helping other pediatric cancer patients and their families.

“Having been through it and having been helped, we know what it is like and we wanted to be able to help,” said Pat Dunion, Aidan’s dad. Aidan was a big-time fan of superheroes, especially Captain America, so it made sense to call the fundraising organization Aidan’s Avengers.

In May, the organization held a golf outing and banquet at Reading Country Club in Exeter that brought in $11,000. Of that, $10,000 was pumped directly into pediatric brain cancer research, Pat said. The remainder was held back to help families of children who have brain cancer.

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 Fundraiser honors boy who lost battle with brain cancer

Originally aired May 22, 2015 on 

Aidan’s Avengers, a group that formed after 4 year old Aidan Dunion lost his battle with DIPG,  is helping others suffering from this terminal cancer.

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Aidan’s Avengers Involvement…


Congratulations to The ChadTough Foundation and Thank You to all the Avengers that helped with the voting. A win for The ChadTough Foundation is a win for Aidan’s Avengers and the DIPG Collaborative.

 We did it!!! $100,000 for DIPG research!!!

Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us to spread the word. Money, increased awareness and raising the voice for DIPG…that’s what was accomplished. Thank you Coach Beilein for your amazing heart and passion and for choosing ChadTough.

Kids with cancer and their parents ejected from park near White House

Aidan’s Avengers attended CureFest for Childhood Cancer for the 2nd time.  It was a long and disappointing night to say the least, just another hurdle but we won’t stop, we’ll be back, bigger and stronger than ever!  Read more below…

Published on September 21, 2015
By Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post

The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group’s plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of and research funding for childhood cancer, participants said.

Some of the parents and children expressed hurt and disappointment that the Secret Service and Park Police, citing security precautions, virtually shut down part of a two-day event called CureFest for Childhood Cancer

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Doctors share info at international DIPG meeting: Look for funding to find cure

Published on Apr 27, 2015

CHICAGO, Ill. (WKRC) — An international meeting in Chicago focused on finding a “home run” cure for the same type of cancer that claimed the life of local hero Lauren Hill. Local 12 videographer Eric Gerhardt made the trip to Chicago for the event. The DIPG collaborative was made up of doctors from around the world studying the disease. DIPG is the brain cancer Hill was diagnosed with back in 2013. Doctors met to share information on the disease, and to try to get more funding to continue their research.”Bringing together people with different levels of expertise and different fields is fundamental, said Dr. Chris Jones of the Institute of Cancer research. It’s really a lot of the most important things that come from these meetings are in the coffee breaks and over dinner when an idea is sparked and you get to chat just a little bit more informally.”Researchers there say finding a cure for DIPG could lead to a breakthrough in other cancer research.


Aidan’s FieldAidan's Field

What an awesome tribute! Thank you to Amity AC Soccer for dedicating the field in Aidan’s name.

He was so very excited to be on his first soccer team and we know he’s looking down and smiling right now! 


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