“There is news that you never expect to hear. You see and you hear stories about people with Cancer, but you never expect it to happen to someone you love, let alone your child.” – Sergio Urbina, Melanie’s father My daughter Melanie was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) on April 17, 2019. She was 11 years […]
“I’m very glad I did it. It was absolutely amazing.” – Jo Pricca If you ask Jo Pricca how cancer changed her life, you might be surprised by her answer. Having high-risk leukemia as a teenager sucks. For Jo, it meant nearly four years of harsh treatments, missing school, missing friends, losing hair, gaining weight, and losing confidence. Thanks […]
“The pathology results have come back from the tissue we removed during your surgery and, I’m so sorry, but it has come back as malignant. I have been in contact with the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, and they are expecting you tonight or tomorrow morning to start talking about your treatment protocol and to start testing…” […]
After 2 years of living with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, with more than 200 rounds of chemotherapy, and 700 days of isolation, 7-year-old Lochlan is in grade 3 but struggling to read at a grade 1 level. He is one of many courageous childhood cancer survivors who face complex, long-term late effects from the treatments that saved their lives. Sometimes the treatment […]
It was June 3, 2014, when we were blind-sided. Maddie, our 16-year-old daughter, had not been feeling well for a few days when she asked to be taken to the doctor. She had been vomiting with increasing regularity to the point where she could not even keep water down anymore. We left home mid-morning. Waits at the […]
Ciara and Chris Gossen were ‘floored’ when their sweet little boy Jude was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) at the tender age of three. In a heartbeat, their world was turned upside down, including the world of Jude’s sister Aoife, age 6, and brother Joaquin, age 10.