Meet OurFamilies

Meet OurFamilies

The Eslingers

Kevin, Deb, Austin and Megan Eslinger are from a small town outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We have been paired with the Eslingers since 2010!

Megan is our THON Child! She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January 2009 at the age of 18 months. She could not walk during the first three months of treatment due to pain, and she courageously received many different types of chemotherapy to fight her battle. Megan finished her treatment in April 2011 at the age of three and today is happy and healthy! We are so proud of the amazing girl she has become!!

Megan is now 16 and Austin is 19. They both love staying active. From camping, fishing, tubing and playing sports, the Eslingers are always outdoors! Megan is starting 11th grade and Austin is currently working on their family farm. 

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The Knapers

Mike, Tiffany, Logan (15), and Lucas (12) live in York, Pennsylvania. We have been paired with the Knapers since 2012!

Logan is our THON child! He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September 2011. In December 2014, Logan finished treatment and now is eight years cancer free!!

Logan just started 10th grade and Lucas started 7th grade. Logan and Lucas are always on the go and super involved in athletics. Logan just finished his summer lacrosse season and is now transitioning into the football season. Lucas just started travel hockey.

The Tramels

Katy, James, William, Phineas (Finny), and Mathias (Matty) Tramel live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The three boys love playing superheroes and reading their favorite books. William is 11 years old, Finny is 9, and Matty recently turned 7 in December.

Matty is our THON Child! Matty was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 1, and he has battled numerous infections and has spent months in the hospital requiring specialized treatment. Fortunately, Matty is now cancer-free as of February 2019 and was able to attend his first THON that same year! Matty struggles from time to time but he is doing better each and every day! Through his treatment, Matty remained one of the happiest and most playful kids we have ever met, and it has only gotten better since he has been in remission.

Matty loves playing with Transformers and Legos. Matty and his brothers, Finny and William, love building forts, playing superheroes and having water gun fights! We love watching these boys grow and cannot wait to watch Matty enjoy life cancer-free with his amazing family!!

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The Ross's

Sam, Mike, Brooke (9), Addison (7), and Colton (3) live in Mount Joy, PA. The Ross's are our newest family, and we were paired with them in 2022!

Brooke is our THON child! In March 2022, Brooke was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a very rare brain tumor. She underwent brain surgery 4 days after this diagnosis and then completed 33 Proton Radiation treatments along with countless more hospital visits and treatments. She started chemotherapy in July and finished all “active treatment” in September. However, this is nowhere near the end of her journey, as with Ependymoma, there is never a cure or “in remission”, and there is a high chance of relapse at any point. 

Brooke loves animals and wants to be a zookeeper when she grows up! This past spring, the Ross family took a trip to San Diego where the kids got to play "zookeeper for a day" at the San Diego Zoo! The Ross siblings love playing together and enjoy video games, Pokemon and of course… animals!!

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