Welcome to Trevor’s Trek Foundation
No words can describe how devastating a diagnosis of cancer (or other life-threatening disease) is for a child and his or her family. It’s human nature to think, “It will never happen to me…us.” But, it did happen to me and my family.
Welcome to Trevor’s Trek Foundation. I am Trevor Schaefer, founder of Trevor’s Trek Foundation. In November of 2002, at the age of 13, I was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a highly malignant form of brain cancer. For years I battled the bully that is cancer, and today, I am happy to report, I’ve won my battle.
I AM A BRAIN CANCER SURVIVOR! However, my fight against cancer did not stop with survival and the pronouncement that I am cancer-free. My fight against cancer will continue until my mission of providing a healthier future for children and communities is achieved. We have a long way to go, but the road to great success starts with the first step.
Research and statistics on pediatric cancer has presented to us a wake-up call. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has reported the average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 10 years old. Each day in the United States, 46 children are diagnosed with cancers unrelated to genetics or family history. Dr. Richard Clapp (professor emeritus of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health) has stated that one component for the rise in these alarming statistics is environmental chemical exposures.
Trevor’s Trek Foundation (TTF) is committed to its mission to not only raise awareness of pediatric cancer, but also to help facilitate research into the causes of childhood cancer and to develop the means to eradicate those causes. National legislation was introduced entitled Trevor’s Law to help pinpoint and eradicate the predatory cancers caused by exposure to toxins in our environment. Trevor’s Law was signed by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2016.
In addition to its primary objectives, Trevor’s Trek Foundation believes in creating positive environments and fostering more awareness for those affected by childhood cancer. TTF has built, in Boise, Idaho, a Children’s Cancer Pavilion in Julia Davis Park. The combination of an online presence and a solid-ground meeting place gives cancer patients, their families, survivors and the general public an opportunity to join together to share and learn from each other’s experiences. TTF will continue to shine as a beacon of hope promoting the belief, “Positive actions are the beginning of positive results.”