Hadlie's Bucket List
Organized by: Adrien Ojeda
On March 28, 2013 Sarah, Kade and I were blessed with our beautiful daughter, Hadlie Violet. Hadlie was born with an amazing fiery spirit and an invincible personality. She is fearless and exemplifies the popular quote from Mr. William Shakespear, "and though she be but little, she is fierce". She makes us laugh everyday and brings so much joy to everyone in her life. Hadlie started limping about 3 weeks ago. Initially we took her in to have x-rays to make sure she did not have an injury. When her left arm became weak, about 10 days later, we knew something was not right. We took her to the emergency department on Thursday and then again on Saturday, knowing we could not just leave her symptoms to get worse. Her left arm and leg had grown weak to the point where she was unable to catch or throw a ball. Prior to this Haddie (as she is affectionately known by all close to her) could rifle fastballs by even the best hitters. On Saturday, May 17th, just 6 short days after Mother's Day, we found out that our little lady had a brain tumor. Haddie had a CT Scan and a lump was located in her head, which explained the weakness she was experiencing. She was flown from Grande Prairie to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta where she met the best medical team. The medical staff quickly completed an MRI and it showed a large growth on her brain stem. Haddie was diagnosed with a DIPG tumor, a form of cancer which occurs in children that is, sadly inoperable, and to this date, incurable. We got the most unbelievable news that our little lady is not going to win this battle. Even though we believe in the medical team and science of the medicine designed to help Haddie, and what we are told that she will not be with us as long as we hoped she would, we still believe in miracles and the power of prayer. We are not quitters, and although we want to spend the most time we can with Haddie we also want that time to be quality time. We hope we get to buy Haddie the next size up in her favorite t-shirt (her green KCCO t-shirt in the photo with her dad). We are remaining positive and definitely Keeping Calm and Chiving On! We Need your Help!!!! Like a lot of young families we pay our bills and have enough to eat, but do not have much left at the end of the month for savings and extras. We very strongly believe in being the ones who raise our babies and live off of a single income. It has been a great blessing to be with our kids everyday and know them better than we would if we were both working. Our family is the single most important part of our lives and the four of us spend all of our time together. Our goal in asking for help is to have funds accessible to allow us to continue to make memories, as a family, with Hadlie. While her quality of life is still so high, we hope to cram as much as we can, that we thought we'd have a lifetime to achieve, into the short amount of time we have left with her. Our family is going to make the best out of the time we have left with Hadlie! We have been provided a timeframe for her and, we hope and pray that she makes it to her 4th Birthday (March 2017). Our plan is to create a Facebook page documenting our journey and where this takes us. I realize not everyone can contribute with money, but there are other ways too! Please share our story, on Facebook and Twitter; send emails, letters, and pray for our little lady, Haddie! This is our last and only chance to give to our daughter what we wanted to over her lifetime. Please help us make Haddie's dreams come true!