A Note From Catherine "Frau Blucher" Fenollosa

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Staff Blog | Jul 29, 2013

Henry's big wish for his eighth birthday was to see the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park on June 4th… the game closest to his birthday. As we looked into tickets, we got a call from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where Henry was treated for his cancer. It turned out that the Red Sox wanted to honor a childhood cancer survivor before that very game and Henry's doctors had nominated him! So not only did Henry get his birthday wish, but the Red Sox celebrated him as their childhood hero!

As Henry stood on the field during the pre-game ceremony, the stadium announcer recounted Henry's battle with cancer at birth, his current passion for street hockey and lacrosse, and his steadfast determination. When the announcer noted that Henry had just celebrated his birthday, the crowd erupted with cheers.

There's nothing like being an 8-year old boy, standing in the red dirt of Fenway Park, and having a stadium full of Red Sox fans yell, "Happy Birthday, Henry!"


There are moments when Henry feels like any other eight-year old boy. He's a diehard Red Sox and Bruins fan, he loves reading mystery books, riding his bike, devouring mint chocolate chip ice cream, and testing his patience as a budding fisherman.

But turning eight also brings a new self-awareness of how he's different. The paralysis in his left leg, a result of spinal cord damage from the tumor, frustrates him more and more as he struggles to keep up with his friends at recess. And he's not thrilled that mom has to tag along on every school field trip or to meet him everyday at camp to do his catheter.

We are often asked how we got through Henry's chemotherapy treatments when he was born. How we felt when he had his first surgery when he was less than one-day old. How we soldiered through so many IVs that his veins collapsed and nurses had to administer IVs in his scalp. How terrified we were when he was rushed by ambulance to the ER, where doctors cut off his little newborn clothing and worked frantically to save his life.

It is hope.

Even now, as Henry struggles with the side effects of his cancer, we hope that tomorrow will be better. As we stand with his uncle Nat as he fights his own battle with brain cancer, we are hopeful… that tomorrow will be the day a new drug is developed, earlier testing for cancer established, a cure in sight.

It is with this hope that Josh will ride his fourth Pan Mass Challenge on August 3-4th.  He'll join with our team, Equipé Henry, and thousands of other cyclists for nearly 200 miles across Massachusetts to raise money for a cure for all cancers. Every single dollar raised goes directly to cancer research and treatment. And we can't do it without your generous support.

Please consider donating to Josh's PMC ride. You can donate online here:


Or you can mail your donation to:

Pan Mass Challenge
c/o Josh Fenollosa
12 Benjamin Road
Arlington, MA 02476

Henry's strength and determination comes from the incredible support and encouragement of those who know him. His survivorship is fueled by people like you who donate to find a cure. We are forever grateful.

Catherine, Josh, Henry, Leo & Ruby Fenollosa

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