Jamie Weiss and Sawyer

Jamie Weiss

Long Island Family Pays It Forward After Baby Girl's Cancer Battle

February 02, 2019 - 1:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A Long Island family is raising money to fund research for rare pediatric cancers after their little girl’s tough battle with the disease.

Jamie Weiss, of Muttontown, says it came out of nowhere: Her healthy, 10-month-old girl Sawyer had a large tumor in her abdomen and was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

“This innocent, innocent little baby who hasn’t had an opportunity to do anything really yet. It was heart-breaking on another level,” Weiss said.

A distraught Weiss was looking for hope wherever she could.

“I really found myself expecting prayers from anyone and any religion – from people in supermarkets, from people in bookstores,” Weiss said.

After a long 10-month battle, Sawyer is in remission following eight rounds of chemotherapy, 11 blood transfusions and a nine-hour surgery.

Now Weiss and her family are looking to give back. They’re close to raising $300,000 as part of the Cycle for Survival movement for research and hopefully a cure to pediatric cancers.

“Every single penny goes towards cancer research,” Weiss said.