Holden boy, family to participate in Champion the Cure

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.

BREWER — A 5-year-old cancer survivor from Holden will lead a team of family and friends as they raise funds to support local cancer research. Jaxon Hanscom will be among thousands of participants at the fifth annual EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at EMMC Cancer Care in Brewer.

Jaxon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October 2013. He receives care at EMMC Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center. “My family knows how truly lucky we are to be able to stay so close to home for treatment,” said Jaxon’s mother, Heidi Storm, who described the EMMC staff as “simply amazing.”

Jaxon’s team, appropriately named “Jaxon Strong,” will walk in the 5K event.

“Since Jaxon’s diagnosis and treatment, it has been very important to me and our family to ‘pay it forward’ when we can,” Storm said. “EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge is a great way do just that. This is an amazing event and all the money raised stays in our community to help people like Jaxon stay close to home when they are getting treatments. That’s a gift no one truly understands until you have experienced both sides of it.”

Currently in the maintenance phase of his treatment, Jaxon is thankful to the EMMC staff and is looking forward to EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge.

“Being part of the walk is pretty cool,” he said, “and I love all my nurses and doctors for taking care of me!”

The event will  include a 1K family fun walk, 5K and 10K walks-runs, 25-, 50- and 100-mile bicycle rides, and a 50-mile motorcycle ride. Since 2010, more than $1 million has been raised for cancer research at Eastern Maine Medical Center, organizers said. Registration is still open and donations are accepted at ctcchallenge.org.