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The Joe Uff Cancer Foundation is committed to providing financial help to families struggling with cancer. Our family started this race/fundraiser when Joey was diagnosed with colon cancer. These were very hard years for our family but the outpouring of love and support by friends, family and community members has left a lasting impression. After Joey passed away we decided to continue the race/fundraiser. We wanted to pass that same feeling on to other families dealing with the same hardship.

Below is a list of some of those who have benefitted from the love and generosity of those who have participated in the Uff is Tough Event:

2015


Barbara Uff - She was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in June 2012. Originally, the doctors at Univ of Penn felt confident that they could remove the tumor, but during the surgery, it was discovered that the tumor was inoperable. Barbara was given zero chance for recovery and a grim timeline for life expectancy. She started chemotherapy in September 2012 and this past summer, she reached the 2 year mark since diagnosis. Although the past 2 years have not been easy, Barbara is thankful for every day she is here to share with her family and friends.

Larry - a 1993 Sun Valley High School graduate and father of six amazing children. He is currently battling brain cancer.

Cameron - 2nd grader in Penn Delco School District.

Robert James - a 46 year old father of 6 who has been battling cancer for the past 6 years.

Renee - Some of you may know, this past year Renee was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that affects plasma cells, She has been receiving treatment from Fox Chase Cancer and is scheduled to receive stem cell therapy to help with this disease.

2014


Barbara Uff - Babs was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2012.

Larry - a 1993 Sun Valley High School graduate and father of six amazing children. He is currently battling brain cancer.

Cameron - 2nd grader in Penn Delco School District.

Renee - Some of you may know, this past year Renee was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that affects plasma cells, She has been receiving treatment from Fox Chase Cancer and is scheduled to receive stem cell therapy to help with this disease.

2013


Larry - a 1993 Sun Valley High School graduate and father of six amazing children. He is currently battling brain cancer.

Jackie - has recently been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and she's been in the University of Penn for the past month getting chemo and other treatment.

Robert James - Robert has been battling testicular cancer for 5 years. He tries to stay very active in the community and is involved with his 6 kids sports and activities.

2011


Robert James - The 2011 Uff is Tough Race will benefit Robert James who is a 43 year old battling cancer. He lives in Collingdale, PA. with his wife Eileen and six children. It was discovered in October 2010 that Robert has testicular cancer after it had spread to his stomach and lungs. He has had three surgeries to remove five tumors. One in his neck, two in his abdomen and two in his chest. Robert had to travel to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for the most recent surgery because one of the tumors had cut off blood circulation to his kidney.

Robert is an electrician with Union Local 654 but has been out of work since his diagnosis. He has undergone chemo and radiation and his return to work is undetermined at this time. Robert is very active in the community, involved with his children and their many sports and activities. He is the coach of St. Joe's in Collingdale's Track Team.

Jim Zeller

In 2010 and 2011 the Uff is Tough Race benefited Jim Zeller. The family would like to extend thanks to all of those who have offered up their prayers and kindness over the last couple of years. They truly do make a difference and have been answered. They would also be very grateful for your continued support because there is still suffering that is present, suffering in a financial sense, emotional and physical. This fight is far from over, but faith is high after seeing the effects of the love and kindness from family, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends & and those with a caring heart.


2009


The 2009 Uff is Tough Race benefitted two courageous young children from the Philadelphia area, Sammy Bradly and Dennis Stephen Foreman. As they fight their battle with cancer, we all continue to pray for both of their speedy recoveries. Here are their stories:

Sammy Bradly—A Hero to all

Sammy Bradly is a 12-year-old baseball fan from Newtown Square, PA, and a student at Paxon Hollow Middle School in Broomall. On Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 Sammy was diagnosed with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AML). Upon the diagnosis, Sammy’s family was devastated. They never thought that something like this would ever touch their family. Since that day their lives have been changed forever.

Sammy has been in treatment at the A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE and is being treated with a 6 month treatment plan of intensive chemotherapy. His parents have been by Sammy's side every day caring for him and supporting him in his fight with this deadly disease. He is strong and courageous and we are in awe of his bravery. He is our HERO!

Sammy will continue with his treatments until late December 2009. He has a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pray-for-Sammy-Bradly/86728252905) that is meant to tell his story and provide support to him and his family during his courageous fight.

Dennis Stephen Foreman—Avid Phillies Fan, All-Star Baseball player

Dennis Stephen Foreman is a 13-year-old 8th grader and avid Phillies fan from Northfield, NJ. He has played baseball since he was a toddler when his father taught him to catch by throwing socks at him while doing laundry. He was always advanced at the game despite not being one of the bigger kids. He has played in the Northfield Little League making every all-star team throughout his short career. This past year, he moved up the 13 year old Babe Ruth and also played on a Travel team (A Shore Sun Devils). Baseball is his life.

This past spring, Dennis Stephen was having some issues with the way he was feeling. He was fatigued and his legs were hurting. Blood tests initially said he had lymes disease. Very strong antibiotics were given which had adverse effects on him, but he continued to press on and play every game even though he did not feel any better. The doctors then did more tests and no results came back. As some time went on and Dennis was still not feeling any better, his parents took him Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where they said there was no indication of lymes left, but that he was anemic. Then Friday of Labor Day weekend (September 4th) they saw a bulge on Dennis Stephen’s side and the local doctor said to take him to CHOP again. The doctors did a scan and every parent’s worst nightmare was diagnosed. There was softball sized mass wrapped around his kidney and it was found to be cancerous.

Between the diagnosis and the surgery, Dennis played some golf and saw a Phillies game while sitting in the Diamond Club at CBP that was donated by a friend. He was very excited to talk about his experience while at the game. He also made a comment to his Aunt while taking a walk-- “It is okay that I have cancer, because I am going to be a cancer survivor!” One of his friends called him “The next Lance Armstrong”!

Dennis Stephen was then scheduled for surgery on September 14th. In the surgery they removed a kidney, adrenal gland and surrounding lymph nodes. He is currently recovering at CHOP with his parents by his side. Early indications have labeled the cancer as Wilm's tumor, which is a rare cancer that is normally found in toddlers. He will be starting chemotherapy soon.

 

     
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