Imagine Dragons to Meet 12 Year Old Cancer Survivor

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TRF is pleased to announce that Imagine Dragons have invited a 12 year old 2-time cancer survivor to meet with them at their Philadelphia show.

“60% of children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.”

The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) and Imagine Dragons have invited two-time cancer survivor, Kyle Sperry, age 12 of Philadelphia, and his family, to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, June 26, to meet the band and to see his first live, rock concert. Kyle’s mother, Jill Sperry said, “Ever since we entered this world of Pediatric Cancer almost 11 years ago with Kyle the first time around I have continually been just amazed at the caring community that surrounds us.”

“60% of children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.”
Source: CureSearch

Kyle, who was first diagnosed when he was three, is fighting Rhabdomyosarcoma. He was recently diagnosed with a very unexpected and rare recurrence this past January at the age of 11. Kyle has endured eight months of chemotherapy and six weeks of daily proton radiation at CHOP. Partnering with the Elle Foundation in Philadelphia, the Tyler Robinson Foundation is proud to be part of the “wish granting” for Kyle.

About Imagine Dragons and TRF
In 2015 approximately 10,450 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Moreover, cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children. Unbelievably, there’s an additional burden to manage when parents get this terrifying diagnosis: the financial fallout from pediatric cancer is often catastrophic. There are costs associated with childhood cancer that few people talk about, such as the cost of completely sanitizing the family home each month, childcare for the other children, tutoring, travel, and the loss of income when a parent quits a job to care for the ill child. The Tyler Robinson Foundation (“TRF”) assists families with these and many other unseen costs associated with pediatric cancer, while also providing emotional support when families need it most.

The TRF is a 501(c) 3 Utah-based organization founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Imagine Dragons and the Robinson family. Tyler fought through several bouts with cancer before succumbing at the age of 17. His joyful and inspiring life forever changed the perspective of Imagine Dragons, the Robinson family, and fans worldwide. Since its inception in April 2013, The TRF has raised over $1,000,000 and helped more than 200 families. To see the backstory between Imagine Dragons and Tyler Robinson watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISpAgxW1vQw

About the Elle Foundation
Elle Foundation is run on a completely volunteer basis and is the last wish and legacy of Lauren "Elle" Richmond who knew the emotional and physical pain of facing recurrences from a brainstem Chordoma tumor. Lauren knew that she would not live to experience the things we all take for granted and yet she never cried for herself, instead she cried because she worried about taking care of the ‘really sick’ kids. The mission of the ELLE Foundation is to grant final wishes for children with a recurrence of cancer & create memories of joy for children battling cancer. To learn more visit http://www.ElleFoundation.org.

Media Contacts:
Christine Bowman, The Tyler Robinson Foundation – christine(at)trf(dot)org / 385.282.5240
Hillary Siskands, Imagine Dragons - hillary.siskind(at)umusic(dot)com / 212.841.8055
Laurie Richmond, ELLE Foundation – larichmond(at)ellefoundation(dot)org / 908.528.2495

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