May 19, 2010
Clayton Cowan, in blue, met new friends Sylvester and Bugs in the company of his brother, Graham, and, left to right, mother Marty and Hopkins Children's development officer Marisa Jaffe.
A group hug for the Cowan brothers and new friends.
Clayton Cowan, 7, and his younger brother Graham, 5, had big hugs for the Six Flags
America characters who greeted them when they arrived in the
Baltimore/Washington area theme park earlier this month. Bugs Bunny and Sylvester
returned the favor.
The brothers and their mother, Marty Cowan, had stopped by to meet
officially some of the park's inhabitants and employees who would welcome them
and fellow walkers in its upcoming "Walk
in the Park, Taking Strides to Cure Kids Cancer" fundraiser,
June 13, 2010, to benefit Hopkins Children's. Clayton is this year’s “walk
ambassador,” representing all the children in the hospital’s care.
A resident of Fulton, Md., Clayton was born with chronic granulomatous
disease (CGD), a disease so rare it occurs in only one out of a million people.
Caused by a glitch in the immune system, CGD makes children like Clayton very
vulnerable to germs, leading to recurrent chronic infections, some of which can
He was not diagnosed until, at the age of 2, he had a severe lung infection
and was taken to Hopkins Children’s. There, “the brilliant Dr. Howard
Lederman had a diagnosis for us within 48 hours,” says his mother.
Hopkins hospitalized the toddler for three weeks, while doctors figured out the
appropriate course of treatment.
Clayton's story and course of treatment at Hopkins Children’s.
Listen to him and his mother talked about his illness
during a 2008 Radiothon
Register to walk or sponsor a walker at Six Flags America, June 13. Anyone who raises $50
receives a free ticket to the park that day.