My friend Chelsea has a beautiful 5 year old daughter who has Leukemia (ALL - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and she has been active in learning about cancer. I admire her courage to step up and get involved. She has been a good example to me. She shared this video on her blog and it just touched me so deeply that I wanted to share it with you.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
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I don't know if I've ever talked about how we are part of a clinical study through Primary Children's Medical Center and other participating Children Oncology Groups. The day Erin was diagnosed we were given a briefing and a big stack of papers about a clinical study on using a new chemotherapy drug to fight Acute Myeloid Leukemia. John read meticuoulsly through the study (highlighting his questions) and I browsed over most of it looking for things that I understood.
To participate, we signed some paperwork, but those who received the new chemotherapy drug were chosen through a lottery. We both felt strongly that we should participate in the study, but neither of us wanted to try out the new drug on our daughter. We prayed a lot about it. We decided it was right to participate in the study. A few hours after signing the papers we were informed that Erin was not chosen to receive the new chemotherapy drug. We are thankful that Erin is part of a study to help other's fight Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We are thankful that there are people out there who are helping us fight cancer.