HAPPINESS & HEALTH GO HAND-IN-HAND
OUR MISSION: 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. When she was a year and half, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She immediately started intensive chemotherapy treatment at the Children's Hospital here 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, her oncologist decided that she was not a candidate to be treated again with chemotherapy alone. Her only option was a bone marrow transplant. She first had to get into remission, which normally happens within 14 days. However, it took Pascale over 5 months to go into remission. She received many combinations of chemo that were not giving results. She underwent 6 weeks in Minnesota for the experimental B-Pap treatment. Unfortunately it didn't work. Finally Dr. Mahmoud (pediatric oncologist) and Dr. Wall (bone marrow transplant) put a protocol together that was used 10 years ago at St. Jude's 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. Pascale worked very hard the subsequent years due to the years of school she missed as well as getting her strength back.
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.
Pascale completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia College in 2016. She is now completing her Masters in Elementary Education. Pascale is now also a mom! She has a 2 year old daughter, Mia. Her daughter was born as a micro-premie at 25 weeks and ended up staying nearly 6 months in the NICU at the Women's and Children's Hospital. She is the miracle of a miracle!