When Patricia Tallungan's 6-year-old son Nick started complaining his back hurt, she didn't think much of it. But after a visit to the pediatrician and an X-ray, her family's life changed forever. Her son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a little-known cancer she hadn't even heard of at the time. Four years of grueling treatments later, Nick lost his battle.
But Tallungan's battle had just begun. She turned her grief into the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, which provides resources, support and information to parents of children with neuroblastoma. The Bloomingdale, Illinois–based charity also raises money for neuroblastoma research.
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