Millie Mae Strong was founded by Millie Mae's parents, Jayshree and John in an effort to raise awareness for neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, raise funds for research and cures, and to provide support to parents who are dealing with the tragedy that is childhood neuroblastoma.
Millie Mae Strong is a place for support for families dealing with the heartbreaking diagnosis of neuroblastoma for their child. We also welcome any families who are experiencing other childhood cancers, as well as those who wish to support these families in any way possible.
WHAT WE DO
Millie Mae Strong is committed to raising awareness, providing support, and raising funds for research, cures, and families affected by pediatric neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.
We are proud to be a part of a community that is dedicated to helping those who are dealing with the most heartbreaking situations- having your child diagnosed with and/or losing them to cancer. We have partnered with the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation to better serve those who are most in need, and to raise awareness on pediatric neuroblastoma.
ABOUT THE WATKINS FAMILY
The Watkins Family is a storybook family who has experienced unimaginable pain. The dad, John, is an active duty United States Marine who has pledged to serve his country. Mom, Jayshree, loves her two children fiercely and cares for them with every fiber of her soul.
Their oldest, Kaden, was born 10 weeks premature so Jayshree and John were not unfamiliar with pediatric floors of a hospital. When their daughter, Amelia Mae, was born 2 weeks early, but still full term on July 11th, 2016 thinking she was perfectly healthy.
As the Watkins family moved from Virginia to California as part of John's military orders, Millie became ill. After 10 months of showing no signs of this tumor taking over her body, It was quickly discovered that she had stage 4 neuroblastoma which resulted in tumors stemming from her kidney. She had tumor spots in her lymph nodes, on her spine, on her femur, jawbone, eye socket as well as both sides of her body in her bone marrow.
Amelia's doctors started treatment immediately, but her body didn't have time to allow the intense chemotherapy to do its job. Millie passed away in the arms of her parents only 8 days after her diagnosis on June 6th, 2017.
John, Jayshree, and Kaden had to continue their journey to their new home in California without Millie, something they never thought in their wildest dreams would be their reality. They were welcomed with open arms by those in the community, and now they have dedicated themselves to create a place for families who have experienced the same heartbreak as them, as well as raise funds to help cure this unimaginable disease.