Megan Bugg is the daughter of Kent and Deb Bugg. Deb has been a
teacher with the Reed-Custer School District since 1987. She has touched
the lives of thousands of students and families during her tenure as a
Reed-Custer High School teacher. Megan has been battling Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma since December 26, 2014.
After her initial diagnosis, Megan underwent a successful 54
week chemotherapy and radiation protocol. She was in remission for nearly
a year before a scan revealed a cancerous tumor in her chest, which
necessitated another 36 weeks of chemotherapy and additional radiation.
Following this treatment, two other tumors were discovered in her lower back,
which resulted in even more proton radiation. During this period of time,
Megan went through 90 weeks of intense chemotherapy, over 100 radiation
treatments, and three surgical procedures. Currently, her doctors are
monitoring another tumor that was discovered in her chest very near her
aorta. A treatment plan for this latest relapse is yet to be determined.
her personal battle, Megan has been working hard to raise awareness and funding
to support childhood cancer research. She has set up a fundraising site
where supporters can make direct tax deductible donations to support the very
promising research being conducted by Dr. Walterhouse at Luries Children's
Hospital in Chicago. He is conducting research on Megan's specific type
of cancer, and every dollar Megan raises goes directly to support his
research. Given that the Federal government only allocates 4% of all
cancer funding to support childhood cancer research, every dollar counts.
If you are interested in donating to her cause, you may do
so by visiting this site.
has also been meeting with State and Federal legislators to advocate for
childhood cancer research funding. Her efforts resulted in the unanimous
passing of Illinois
House Resolution 1071, which encourages the Federal government to recognize
the importance of increasing funding for childhood cancer. Megan will
also be traveling to Washington D.C. on September 16 to be a featured speaker
at the Curefest childhood cancer
Updates are provided through the following
blog: Megan Buggs' Journey