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Finn's Fighters is committed to increasing awareness of pediatric cancer and supporting families facing medical crisis in the Tampa Bay area.

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Our Story

Finn was your average, fun loving five year old. He loved music, dancing, rough housing with his 6 year old brother, Declan, and all things LEGO.

It was a random day that he said his back was hurting a little. We thought he had hit it on something, but no bruise, so we called the pediatrician. He suggested Motrin and to call back in a few days if it didn’t feel better.

Fast forward a few days, still hurting, only now he could barely sit in a car seat without wincing in pain. It was the first day of Kindergarten and I was able to get an appointment with the pediatrician. He sent us for x-rays, which came back normal. By Tuesday toward the end of school the director called to say he wasn’t feeling well and was shaky on his feet. Later that evening he couldn’t walk well so we took him to the emergency room...

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."

Christopher Reeves

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From The Blog

Birthdays, Bereavement and Blessings

April 10, 2020

I sit here at 11:24 pm on the eve of what would be Finn’s 7th Birthday and can’t help but think of this same time seven years ago. Finn was a scheduled c-section, a very different birth experience than the emergency that was our older son Declan. We had a calm evening, woke up early, …

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October 2, 2019

The alarm went off at 5:30, although I don’t know why I even set it; I was up hours earlier staring at the dark ceiling with Finn snuggled against me. Today is the day, the beginning of round two of Finns fight against Ewing sarcoma, a rare soft tissue or bone cancer. Our relapse technically …

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The Bell: To Ring or Not to Ring?

September 17, 2019

Trigger Warning, because that is what you are supposed to do is warn people when you are about to talk about something that could “trigger” an emotional response, right? But how could you not get emotional talking about pediatric cancer and the atrocities children face fighting the number one killer by disease for children? I …

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In The News

Christen Gray and Jamie Zimbleman Hit the Airwaves of Local Radio

November 23, 2020

Executive Director Christen Gray, along with Westshore Plaza Director of Marketing Jamie Zimbleman, introduce the First Annual Tampa’s Ugly Sweater Holiday 5K! As Guests of The Current, a show hosted by Roxanne Wilder, Jamie and Christen were able to share the exciting news that they have partnered in 2020 to enhance an already successful 5K …

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Stanley Cup Visits Children’s Cancer Canter

October 28, 2020

With thanks to the Children’s Cancer Center, the Gray family was treated  to a most memorable encounter with Lord Stanley Cup, Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDonagh! The Tampa Bay Lightning, 2020 Stanley Cup winners, have been a constant source of smiles to oncology families in the Tampa Bay area for years. Through games, holiday parties, …

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Calling all boats: Teen, non-profits organizing flotilla event to support pediatric cancer patients at TGH

September 9, 2020

In honor of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Angling for Relief and 1Voice Foundation paired up to bring you an amazing event to honor families and healthcare workers in oncology. September 19 is the inaugural SAILute to Pediatric Cancer Awareness Flotilla around Tampa General. They will float 46 minutes in then 46 minutes out to …

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