Lance Shelton via Crowdrise
October 09, 2012
Childhood Cancer. Although, it is not as publicized as other cancers, it is just as devastating and very real to thousands of children. To see your child, or any child engage in a battle for their lives, a life that they have only begun to live, is indescribable.
“Each year, approximately 13,500 parents will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10 percent just forty years ago to nearly 80 percent today, for many rare cancers, the survival rate is much lower. Furthermore, the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years” - CureSearch.org
On October 29th, 1989, Jason McDonald, my wife’s cousin, earned his wings after a long battle with childhood cancer. Almost twenty years later, in June of 2009, our family received the devastating news that our 2 1/2 year old little boy, Jackson, had a rare form of Kidney Cancer... Two moments in time that will never be forgotten and a constant reminder that childhood cancer affects too many children and families.
The day of our son’s diagnosis was one of the worst days of our life. During the next 6 months, we were forced to learn about this deadly disease and prepared ourselves for a battle we didn’t see coming. We were on a quest for information for such things as the drugs used for chemo along with their side effects, case studies that would now involve our little boy and we needed to face statistics on survival rates (with the mindset that we would beat the odds). We also needed suggestions on how to hold our family together. We had to know how to “live with cancer.” Although we had a team of amazing oncologists, surgeons and most of all FAMILY and friends by our side providing support and information, we were very thankful for the information we received from the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and through the web site, CureSearch.org. It was invaluable to us in providing information, the latest research, as well as llinks to other websites that helped guide us through our journey.
Today, Jackson's in remission and living a “normal” life...going to Kindergarten, playing and fighting with his big sister Emma, and loving Power Rangers. Starting in January, he will only have to visit the hospital for scans once a year and is now labeled as a “Cancer Survivor”. This November,during the N.Y.City Marathon it will be 3 years and 5 months since Jackson’s cancer was removed. We feel so fortunate that we have battled this cancer and won, but we also want to give back to an organization that helped us during a very difficult time. Our hope is that CureSearch.org will continue to help other families who are diaganosed with childhood cancer not only by providing information but providing the research to someday find a cure.
Please join us in supporting such an important cause.