BENEFITING: Childrens Oncology Services Inc
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2014
It was 2012 and I needed relief. After nearly a year of living with a medullablastoma diagnosis, I hoped to see any kid who was troubled by any kind of long-term illness and was doing okay. Whenever I went to the hospital, I would look for any kids in the waiting room who were my age. I had friends at school, but none of them really understood my situation, and I wasn’t very open about it anyway. The hospital and other organizations tried to set up childhood cancer groups, but it never worked out. I remember seeing a bald girl in a crowd at the zoo and getting very excited, but I never got to talk to her.
That summer, I was approaching my diagnosis anniversary and wasn’t sure how to feel about it. Then, I went to camp for a week, and suddenly things had changed. I now knew people like me who didn’t care that I was different or that I had to use a wheelchair sometimes. I met people who I had everything in common with. I made some friends who really understood me.
Those friendships were great for starting off, but later I went to Brain Tumor Family Camp in July and Dude Ranch Camp in October. There, I finally found people who I could not only connect with, but bond with as well. I now have three good friends from camp who I communicate with regularly. A funny and cool thing is that one of them is someone who I had seen at the hospital but never had a chance to talk to. But after meeting him, we hit it off very fast and it only took a week before I considered him one of my best friends.
These are just some of the wonderful benefits that One Step has given to me. I hope that they can continue to do fantastic and inspiring things for many more patients and survivors and their families in years to come.
I am past treatment now, but I know that I will always be at home at One Step. It is the best place to meet and interact with other kids like me. =)