On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Our CureSearch Walk Success

We want to thank EVERYONE who donated to Team Little Air Bear.  I am so happy to announce that through many generous donations our team was able to raise
Thank you so much for your donation!

The Salt Lake City CureSearch walk group fundraising goal was $50,000...BUT we ended up raising a grand total of $72,497.00!
It's amazing what many people can accomplish.

Our family at the walk.

Team Little Air Bear
Salt Lake City CureSearch Walk 2011


The walk started out with opening ceremonies and each cancer survivor was able to stand up in front and say their name.  Then the cancer kids headed up the walk around Liberty Park carrying the "These Are The Reasons We Walk" banner. It was such an awesome feeling walking with so many people, there were over 1,400 people walking.  Our Salt Lake City walk was the largest walk that CureSearch has seen this year!  Way to go UTAH!

We had some fun during our walk.
Cris ran the kids around piggy-back style.

John's sister Diana and our niece Rachel also came along.
(Hey UofU fans...keep your eyes open at the women's basketball games for Rachel Morris, seriously one of the best basketball players EVER and my most tallest niece.)

We ran into some of our nurses at Primary Children's.
Aunt Diana on the left holding Erin, then Nurse Amber and Nurse Kathryn.
I will never forget Nurse Kathryn.  The day Erin was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Kathryn was the nurse next door to us, she saw me leave my room that night, she stopped me and she gave me the biggest hug.  I needed that hug so much and I have admired Kathryn's compassion ever since.

Princess Erin rode in her chariot most of the time.

The girls and their Little Air Bear shirts.

Erin leading the group.

 After the walk we met up for an awards ceremony where all the cancer survivors got a medal and hat.

Rachel Steele and Erin giving "five" with their medals.

Erin in her "Cancer Fighting Cutie" hat.

During the time that Erin was at Primary Children's we met 7 other families that also had children with AML.  Two of the seven of our friends have passed on, Tanner and Kim.  It was our pleasure to visit with Tanner's mom at the walk and watch her release a white balloon in honor of our dear friend Tanner.

We met up with Mikhael and his mom Rachel.  He is such a cute little guy.

Brielle (who made Erin the cutest christmas stocking last year). Brielle was wearing a t-shirt she made that said something like, "yes, I am a girl."  Ha ha!  I love her sense of humor on how all our kids' hair is growing back.

Autumn holding little Aubree who is still recovering from her bone marrow transplant.  She is one sweet little girl.

And, Rachel Steele.  The day we met the Steele's was such a blessing for us because we hadn't met any AML families yet, we felt so lost and alone until the Steele's became our friends. We were sad that Lizzie and Stew and their little Andrew's couldn't make it, hopefully next time.

I just cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity in giving to CureSearch in honor of Erin.  Our cancer walk was such a success and I am so thankful for all of the kind hearts out there who have helped in this fight to find a cure.  

If you're still looking for a way to help you can buy OtterPops...they donate to childhood cancer research...look for the gold ribbon symbolizing childhood cancer awareness on the box.  Gold - the new pink.

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