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.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wasatch Adventure and Light the Night

Erin's cancer has brought us some smiles. 
Smiles you say?  Yes sirree, smiles!

Of course, there have been tears, many many tears, but there have been so many good people in this world who have entered our lives and given us smiles because of Erin's cancer.

You are one of them!
Thank you for checking in on Erin and her blog.  Just knowing that you care enough to read about our experiences helps to bring a smile to our faces.

Because of all that we have been through we feel a strong desire in our hearts to help in things cancer related.  We did a big fundraising push a few months ago for our CureSearch walk in helping to fund childhood cancer research and ended up fundraising a whopping $1921.00.  We don't expect everyone to donate to every cause that we support, but we don't want to miss an opportunity to tell you about all the good causes we are excited about.  And, if you feel like it is the right time for you, then go ahead and donate.
This last month we had an awesome time with our family at a HopeKids activity held at The Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.  HopeKids holds many activities throughout the year for families who have a child with a life threatening illness.  They have given us many activities to look forward to; they have given us many smiles.
Erin and Aunt Diana.
John and I.
The kiddos playing on a dinosaur.

One with the shark (she was too scared to stand by the shark alone).
Cecily diggin' up some Dino bones.
Erin diggin' up some bones.
The back of her HopeKids shirt reads:
"Got Hope?"
On Saturday, September 24th Hopekids will be holding their 3rd annual Wasatch Adventure walk/run 5K.  We cannot attend, but want to let you know about it and invite you to donate to Erin's "virtual team" and help fund HopeKids activities.

Location: Fort Douglas Bandstand, 200 S. Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, UT
Date:
Saturday, September 24 , 2011
Registration:
Starts at 9:00 AM
Time:
5k Walk and 5k Run start at 10:30 AM
Fundraising goal: $50,000
All proceeds to benefit HopeKids Utah

You can donate to Team Little Air Bear HERE.

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Last year we stumbled across the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk through a flyer in the cancer ward where Erin lived.  We felt so strongly that we should attend this walk even though Erin couldn't walk with us because she was in treatment.  It was a life changing event for our family. 



John and I at the walk. 

Our family (minus Erin) at the walk.
Red - supporter
White - cancer survivor
Gold - person lost to cancer

You can watch a video of our 2010 experience below.

So this video quality is pretty bad, but I don't have time to load the good on one here, but you can check it out in an older blog post HERE.
I cannot believe it has been a year since our first Light the Night Experience.  It seems so long ago and yet not too distant.  We wish we could participate this year, but we are not able.  However, we have created a "virtual team" and invite all to donate if they so desire.  We love that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society focuses their research completely on blood cancers.  The Light the Night it truly a magical experience, so hopefully it will fit into our schedule next year. 

Salt Lake City, Light the Night Walk
Location: Sugar House Park, 2100 S 1300 E SLC, Utah
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Festivities Begin: 5:00 pm

You can donate to Team Little Air Bear HERE.

Thank you so much for your involvement in putting a SMILE on our faces!
Erin is still doing well and has her next follow-up appointment in mid-October.

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