Community Rallies for Woodland Park Teen Battling Brain Cancer

Community Rallies for Woodland Park Teen Battling Brain Cancer

The community has rallied around Josephine Palman, a 13-year-old in eighth grade at Memorial School who was diagnosed in February 2018 with DIPG, a rare and lethal childhood brain cancer.
Holy Cross Church recently hosted a dinner dance to raise funds. The sold-out event was attended by Josephine and her family, Mayor Keith Kazmark and the entire Borough Council, Police Chief Eileen Tiernan and a number of police officers, representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, UNICO, and WP American Legion, Principal Charles Silverstein and staff members of Memorial School, coworkers, and many family, friends and people from the community.
Over 100 attendees enjoyed dinner and live entertainment. Josephine was showered with lots of love and gifts. The event raised enough funds to pay for Josephine’s treatments at the DIPG Clinic in Mexico in March.
Local schools have all worked to raise funds as well. Charles Olbon’s Home & School Association ran a “No One Fights Alone” bracelet sale that raised over $400. Beatrice Gilmore’s Home & School Association provided all students with a Valentine’s picture and donations only were solicited. BG families contributed $815.25 towards the effort.
At Memorial School, a pajama day was organized by the Health Club and Student Council which raised $1,132.
“I can’t possibly thank the community enough for this support,” said Josephine’s mother Patricia. “It has been an extremely trying 12 months, but this is something we will never forget.”
DIPG affects about 250 children annually and there is no cure. Tumors can’t be removed as cancer cells are intermixed with normal cells in the brainstem that are crucial for functions like breathing.
The family had been traveling to New York City for medical treatments and therapies. They are now traveling monthly to Monterrey, Mexico, for a chemotherapy treatment not available in the U.S. and not covered by insurance.
A GoFund me page has been set up to help raise funds to alleviate medical expenses for the family. The page is located at www.gofundme.com/josephine-the-tumor-warrior.
Updates are also available at www.facebook.com/battlebraincancer.

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