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.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

4 Days

Only 4 days until Erin's one year mark!

Today I'm thankful for
Childhood Cancer Awareness 
and the great organizations that have helped our family

Gold is the color for childhood cancer.
Orange is the color for Leukemia.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

We are thankful to CureSearch
Last year our Little Air Bear Team raised nearly $2000 dollars for childhood cancer research.  What I love about CureSearch is that they focus on the children and they give more to childhood cancer research than any other organization (as far as I have researched).

(Erin at the SLC CureSearch Walk, July 2010)

You can watch the video I made HERE.

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We are thankful for Make-a-Wish!
They gave us hope during some of the darkest times.  There were many days that I would sit and stare out of Erin's hospital room window and watch the world go by.  People were busy with places to go and things to do, but we were stuck in that little room while Erin fought through so much to stay alive.  Make-a-Wish somehow made many of those hard days disappear with the hope of something wonderful, our trip to Disneyworld to Meet The Princesses!


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We are so thankful for Sky View High School
and all the fundraising they did to support Erin's wish.



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We are thankful for HopeKids!
 HopeKids provides activities for families with a child with a life threatening illness.  They give us something to look forward to, they are a big support group for families with cancer.

 
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I am thankful for
support group!
 
It took me 3 months to make friends with other moms who had kids with cancer.  At first, I didn't want to make friends in the cancer world because I didn't want to be in the cancer world.  But then, as we got used to cancer life we decided we needed friends who truly understood what we were going through.  We needed friends who simply "got it" without the explanations.  
 
I am part of a group of amazing women, here is a picture of the first "cancer moms dinner" we had at Primary Children's Medical Center in 2010.


Now this group has nearly 150 moms in it.  We meet each month in various restaurants throughout Utah to have dinner and buoy each other up through tears and laughter.

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