Pascale's Pals, Inc. is a local all volunteer organization that supports the children and families staying at the Women & Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Our mission is to provide happiness to the children and ease the burden of the families during this time. It is our belief that happiness and health go hand-in-hand.
HOW PASCALE'S PALS STARTED:
Pascale's Pals is named in honor of Pascale White. She born on December 31, 1993 but on July 21, 1995 she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She immediately started intensive chemotherapy treatment at the Children's Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. She finished treatment in 1998 and was enjoying a normal life.
Unfortunately, Pascale relapsed from the same leukemia in June 2000. After studying her bone marrow, Dr. Mahmoud decided that she was not a candidate to be treated again with chemotherapy. Her only option was a bone marrow transplant.
First we had to get her back into remission. Normally the kids would go back into remission within 14 days, but it took over 5 months for Pascale to go into remission. She received many combinations of chemo that were not giving results. We took her for 6 weeks to Minnesota to receive B-Pap treatment. Unfortunately it didn't work. Finally Dr. Mahmoud (oncologist) and Dr. Wall (bone marrow transplant) put a protocol together that was used 10 years ago at St. Jude on 4 children. It worked on Pascale and she was in remission.
On December 4th, 2000, we started preparation with whole body radiation at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. She received radiation for 5 days and 2 more days of chemo. Then she had an umbilical stem cell transplant on December 12, 2000.
From that date on, until June 2001, we were at Cardinal Glennon with very few days off. She became very sick and it is an absolute miracle that she is with us. We are thankful to God everyday for his mercy. As of July 2003, Pascale has been progressing in every way. She has worked very hard to catch up with the 2 years she missed at school as well as getting her health back.
Today Pascale is a very happy and successful college graduate working at her alma mater Columbia College!
During the years of undergoing all these treatments, our family received a lots of support from friends and families. Our friends prayed for us, brought us food, gave us presents and surrounded us with love and hope.
During these years we also encountered many families that did not have the same support. We saw that there was a need for an organization that could make it easier for these children and their families, while they were going through these difficult times.
With this in mind, Pascale’s Pals, Inc. was founded to assist children and the families of children who are diagnosed with cancer or any type of chronic or life-threatening illness.