Ruby was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, in 2015. She went through 11 grueling months of chemotherapy and radiation, with over 150 nights in the hospital. She’s now almost four years into remission and there are truly no words to express how grateful she is to be alive and thriving. Ruby has a myriad of side effects from her harsh treatments, but she doesn’t let that stop her from living her best life.
Since Ruby’s diagnosis, her entire family has been deeply invested in raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. In 2017, the first “Ruby’s Dance ‘Til You Drop” event raised almost $75,000 for Rally. Those donations funded the work of Dr. Sam Volchenboum, a Chicago-based childhood cancer researcher whose work is a game changer. Because of the funds awarded to him through Rally that were raised 100% from Ruby’s event, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded his project millions of dollars to further his research.