Humans of New York raises pediatric cancer awareness

A new social media campaign is putting faces on rare medical conditions.  A popular blogger and Memorial Sloan Kettering are working together to help find a cure.

The images are part of the latest Humans of New York campaign.  The creator, Brandon Stanton spent weeks talking to families and shared their stories with the more than 22 million followers on Instagram and Facebook.

Take Sebastian. He had a tumor the size of an orange inside of his body at 20 months.

And Gracie. She was diagnosed with stage four, high risk Nerublastoma.

Throughout the agonizing journey, are the incredible doctors and nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering who never leave their patients side.

Like Dr. Michael LaQuaglia. The Chief of Pediatric Surgery and told Humans of New York, "...every time I lose a child, I tell the parents: 'I'd rather be dead than her."

Dr. Michael LaQuaglia says this isn't a job, it's a vocation and life is centered around the children.

"You just want to love them, you want to do better for them. My job is to go in a take out the tumor and I want to do the best I can when I do that, I think that's what I wanted to get across I think," Dr. LaQuaglia says.

The pictures spread around the world through social media.

Dr. Farid Boulad got a message all the way from Italy from parents of a former patient, who didn't survive treatment.

More than 2 million dollars has been raised in just two weeks. All of the funds will help Memorial Sloan Kettering continue it's amazing work by paying for research and assisting pediatric patients along with their families. 

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