Make a Difference to Sean the Brave & His Family

Sean Marriott is 7-years-old and the youngest of 3 children of Kelly Marriott and her ex-husband, Chris.   Sean with his brothers was enjoying the summer on a family vacation at the beach, looking forward to returning to school in September. Today, he is spending his time at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) interacting with doctors rather than with his brothers and friends.  Kelly, a single mom, instead of enjoying the time with her children, is facing a parent's worst nightmare, a child with cancer.


Receiving the news that your child has been diagnosed with cancer is heartbreaking and frightening for any parent as well as family and friends. Having a healthy child is something many take for granted - until that one day when everything changes. 


Like any other 7-year-old boy, Sean is full of energy and knows just how to bring a smile to your face and make you laugh with one of his many witty jokes. He was living a normal life until one day he complained of blurry vision. Kelly and Chris as well as Sean's pediatrician thought the blurry vision was a side-effect of a medication he recently started… Until the condition got worse.


On July 9, 2018 Sean was sent to the emergency room at CHOP. An MRI showed a brain tumor and panic set in... Sean’s vision continued to deteriorate as pressure and fluid build-up from the tumor altered his optic nerve. In the following days a biopsy was performed - the results were devastating as he was diagnosed with Pineoblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer that typically occurs in children.


A few days later, Sean underwent an eleven-hour surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery apparently went well but due to the invasiveness of the tumor, Sean will need to be treated with chemotherapy and radiation. For the next six months Sean will receive a prolonged treatment of chemotherapy once each month, requiring a one-week inpatient stay each time followed by radiation and possibly proton therapy.  


Sean is currently at home in Pennsylvania with his mom, Kelly, recovering from his surgery but is unfortunately faced with yet another struggle, he has lost all of his vision (which the family is told is most probably temporary). On August 3rd, Sean was admitted to CHOP for another brain surgery procedure.  The spinal tap confirmed that the cancer did not spread to the spinal column.  It, however, did reveal that Sean had elevated levels of fluid on the brain which is being treated.  He will begin his chemotherapy and radiology treatments on  August 13th.



This diagnosis and treatment protocol in the future months, if not longer, will be unbearably difficult, stressful, scary and overwhelming for Sean’s mom, Kelly, who has two other young boys to raise and care for.


Chris, although divorced from Kelly, is still in the picture and will presumably do what he can to support the family as they face this overwhelming challenge.  


Kelly's dad, John ("Jack") Jackson and his wife Wanda, Sean's grandparents, are also supportive and are doing what they can to help.  Jack retired from the U.S. Army in 1989 following a stellar 22- year career in the armed forces, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the late 1960's and early 1970's and having received two Bronze Stars for bravery in battle (and other medals over the years).  Despite being a seasoned combat veteran, Jack has stated he, with his family, is now facing his greatest battle - to help his grandson overcome the cancer that has infiltrated his 7-year old body. To learn more how Jack served his country during his impressive 22-year career in the Army, visit here: 


The financial stress on family's having a child with cancer is overwhelming - even though medical and hospital expenses are generally covered by insurance. Sean's family is no different. Please show your support and help alleviate some of the financial burden by donating whatever you can (which results in a tax deduction for the amount contributed) to The Max Cure Foundation’s Roar Beyond Barriers program on behalf of Sean and his family.


We set an initial $30,000 goal to cover some of the expenses that follows from this difficult journey - so Kelly can focus on what really matters right now. Healing.  


The Max Cure Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) children's cancer charity. Its mission is to fund research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies, including the discovery of less toxic treatments for children with cancer; to financially assist families battling cancer in their children; and to pursue legislative and regulatory changes that seek to benefit children with cancer and at the same time, raise awareness to the needs of those fighting pediatric cancers. For more information please visit


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$100.00 MHMichael and Erin Hagan
Praying for Sean! I hope you get well soon bud!
$100.00 RKRoxane Kerr
Jack, Wanda and Kelly, I concur with Jana, what a beautiful picture of Kelly and the boys. I have been and will continue to pray for Sean's comfort and successful treatment and for strength and peace for everyone who loves him! Sending hugs! Roxane
$100.00 JFJana Fay
Dear Jack and Wanda, What a beautiful picture of your daughter and her sons. I am praying for you and your family as you go through this horrible battle. I'm hoping that Sean will succeed in fighting his cancer quickly. My very best to you. Stay strong!!! All the very best, Jana
TSTetyana Sergeev
Get well soon!
$50.00 TOTracy Olsen
prayers for Sean and family
$100.00 SCStacey & Craig Carroll
Praying for Sean!
$50.00 JTJackie Tartaglione
$50.00 WDWes & Nina Dorey
Sean believe that you can accomplish anything and you will. Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours ?? .
$100.00 DWDorothy A Whitehouse
May God bless Sean and the hands of his doctors and continue to keep his family strong. ??