On July 6, 2008, the lives of Dena and Billy Sherwood changed forever when their then 13-month-old son, Billy Jr., was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a very aggressive cancer of the sympathetic nervous system that most commonly occurs in infants and children under the age of five. In August of 2009, in the midst of their son’s aggressive treatment, Dena and Billy founded Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation (AWOCCF).
AWOCCF is working closely with scientists, researchers and doctors; who are pioneers in the pediatric cancer field, who are on the forefront of bringing many alternative therapies into clinic which could prolong the lives of children diagnosed with cancer until a cure is funded.
Right now there are 40,000 children being treated for childhood cancer but research funding is limited as pharmaceutical companies do not see the efforts as profitable. Recognizing that children should not be viewed as a profit, but, rather, our investment, Arms Wide Open raises money for alternative therapies and actual treatments these children so desperately need in order to survive.
Thankfully, Billy, Jr. remains No Evidence of Disease and is now considered a childhood cancer survivor! Our family and foundation will remain committed to the cause until every child who is diagnosed with cancer has the same outcome as our son.
The Sherwood family at CureFest
The Sherwood family at Shave for a Cure in NYC
The Sherwood family at the first "Give Thanks for Life" gala.