Paul Ulysses Jimenez- Our son, our world was taken from us way too early. In October 2015, our 10 year old son, Paul was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms on soft tissue. While we fought tirelessly alongside Paulie in an attempt to beat this horrible disease, it ultimately took his life just 2 and half months later on January 5th 2016.
Paul was such a happy and loving child. We will forever remember his infectious smile and laugh. He saw the good in everybody and anyone who was lucky enough to have met him instantly knew how special he was. My heart is forever broken knowing that I will never spend time building our Lego sets together, never watch him play sports, ride his bike, play with his friends and cousins or teach his sisters in ways that only an amazing big brother can. We will never again be a complete family.
Paul taught us so much about being strong and we will spend the rest of our time on this earth making him proud of us. Paul was wise beyond his years and it was his idea when he was diagnosed to create a campaign to raise funds to find a cure for cancer. We learned a lot about the lack of funding that goes to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and we will continue Paulie's mission to raise awareness and raise funding to help all children who have to endure battles with cancer. This disease cannot be allowed to continue to take our children from us. At night we will huddle in our bed with our daughters and cry ourselves to sleep missing a huge part of our family. PaulieStrong is not just a name of the foundation or slogan for t-shirt. #PaulieStrong is how we will live every day that we have let on this earth. This little boy taught us more than we ever taught him and we will all live #PaulieStrong in his honor. We love you Paulie. Edie, Juliette , Mommy and I love you and will miss you forever. Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute, with nearly 16,000 children and adolescents diagnosed each year. And yet, less than 4 percent of all funding from the National Cancer Institute goes to research into childhood cancers. Most clinical trials are to treat adults.
In the last 20 years, only two major drugs have been developed for children. - Funds raised through The PaulieStrong Foundation will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC to help fund research into pediatric sarcomas. Whether you are able to give now or not, helping us spread the word about our cause would be greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference.