Tufts Medical Center has announced that 19-year-old Allison (Allie) Hawkes of Methuen will receive the Cam Neely Award for Courage at the 2014 Working Wonders benefit evening on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The award, which is named for the NHL Hall of Famer, President of the Boston Bruins and Founder of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, honors individuals who courageously battle cancer or other serious diseases or caregivers who have selflessly provided comfort to those with such illnesses. Tufts Medical Center created this award in 2012 to celebrate The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care’s transformative generosity to the Medical Center. The Foundation has given more than $27 million to the Medical Center throughout their 18 year partnership.
Allie has been a patient at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children since she was 6-years-old and was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. After 18 months of an intensive treatment regimen of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery to remove the tumor and multiple stem cell transplants, Allie’s cancer went into remission. Her cancer relapsed when she turned 11 and she received a high dose of chemotherapy for the next three and half years, putting her cancer into remission once again. At 16, her cancer relapsed for a second time and through aggressive treatment, Allie was able to beat neuroblastoma for the third time. In the summer of 2012, as she was about to enter college, Allie was diagnosed with a new cancer: osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in her leg. After spending the past year battling the cancer, Allie has recently started her freshman year, cancer free at Wheelock College, studying early childhood education. Her continued determination entirely embodies the spirit of the Cam Neely Award for Courage.