|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1981|
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1996|
CSHS Class of 1999
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Cancer. In April 1994, Meredith was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the muscles. She spent the next year undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
At the end of the treatment, she underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant which seemed to cure her. Upon returning from a winter family vacation, Meredith noticed a unusual sore spot on the left side of her chest. On Dec. 31, 1995, CMH doctors diagnosed her with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Duffy underwent four months of chemotherapy and 10 days of radiation. Within six months, she was cancer-free.
Her cancer returned and on August 9th, the doctors gave her two weeks to live. She fought hard and finally lost the battle two months and one week later.
The Meredith Carroll Foundation was founded in 1997 and supports regional pediatric cancer research projects through donations and the sales of their five t-shirts On the front are two people joining hands and feet to create a heart surrounding the words "Kids Against Cancer." On the back are slogans in purple ink such as "What does not kill me makes me stronger.", "If you believe that you can make a difference . . . you can"; "Tough times never last, but tough people do"; "You must be the change you wish to see in the world"; "and "The only way to see a rainbow is to look through the rain." Their first year the foundation raised $16K for Children's Memorial Hospital and their 2nd year raised $20K.
10-10-1997 Chicago Sun-Times
Tribute to a friend - Teens raise research funds in memory of cancer victim
09-13-1998 Chicago Tribune
KIDS AGAINST CANCER AFTER LOSING HER BEST FRIEND TO THE DISEASE AND SURVIVING IT HERSELF, SHE'S ON A MISSION
05-31-1999 Chicago Tribune
TEENS STEP FORWARD TO FIGHT CANCER
1981 - 1996
Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Section Y, Block 25, Lot 11, Grave 1
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Record added: Mar 13, 2007
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