Fans of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Facebook page, Darcy Eichas-Statt and Kevin Statt began seeing promotions for the 18th annual Stroll for Strong Kids walk and 5K and knew they had to get involved and give back to the hospital that helped their son.
The “We are Roman Strong” team will be joining thousands of other children’s hospital advocates in the Peace, Love, and Healing-themed Stroll for Strong Kids event, May 31, at Genesee Valley Park. The much-anticipated event kicks off Miracle Weekend, with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon following on News10NBC June 1.
Before Roman’s second birthday, Darcy and Kevin noticed their son was developing spots on his legs. Roman’s daycare teacher had also mentioned he was bruising more than the other kids. Darcy took Roman to their pediatrician at Genesis Pediatrics in Rochester who diagnosed him with petechiae – red or purple spots on the skin caused by broken capillary blood vessels – and believed he had a blood disorder. They advised the Statt family to take their son to UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital immediately for further blood testing. After treating what initially looked like a blood disorder, doctors performed a bone marrow biopsy and found Roman had leukemia.