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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

9 days

We are only 9 days away from Erin's one year mark of being cancer free!  Each day I plan to post something about what we went through in honor of Erin and her battle for life. 
Today I want to thank the many people who helped us get through the 7 1/2 months of inpatient treatment.  There are so many of you out there that have been praying for us, some of you we don't even know, but we want to thank every one of you!  I LOVED getting e-mails, letters, texts, facebook messages from so many of you telling me that you were praying for us.  I especially loved hearing the stories about your children praying for Erin.  We are so thankful for the packages, gifts, visits, and letters of encouragement that got us through the roughest times. 

Erin at Thanksgiving time 2011!

I'm posting a few picture "thank yous" in no particular order...I wish we had pictures of everyone who helped us.  Thank you to all the countless neighbors who babysit nearly everyday for 7 1/2 months.  Thank you to our extended family for their support, thank you to our wonderful nurses and Oncologists at Primary Children's, and thank you to all of those who so diligently checked our blog to make sure we were surviving.  Please know that we are so grateful for all the service shown our family, it would be impossible for me to thank everyone and recognize everyone, so please know that we are grateful to you all!

A big thank you to my dad who spent many weekends with Erin!

Thank you to one of our fabulous babysitters, Haley, (and her family) who kept constant contact with Erin.

Elliot the therapy dog!

The most fabulous Belle EVER!
I wish we could find her and thank her.

Our good friend Cris who came to visit nearly everyday after work.  He was Erin's best entertainment every late afternoon, here he was letting her paint his fingernails (notice his gloved hand - ha ha)!

My mom!  She spent just about as many days staying with Erin as I did.  She did her research right along with me and together we kept our Oncologists on their toes with all our questions. 

Aunt Diana who spent several nights taking care of Erin.

The Primary Children's Music Therapist. We all looked forward to her visits, music really helped Erin cope with many of the emotional aspects of cancer.

All the Cancer Fighting Cuties!
We are SO grateful to have the support of other families also going through childhood cancer.





Thank you for all of the letters and gifts to keep Erin going!

A huge thank you to Angela Maxwell and the group of Little Air Bear supporters who made and purchased the Beary Merry Christmas Festival of Trees in honor of our Little Air Bear!

Aunt Annie and her belief in miracles.

Our ward family and all the primary kids!

I think the picture below, our then barely 5 year old Cecily, drew for a school project is so beautiful.  It is so fitting that she drew Erin with a little pink hat on instead of all that hair that everyone else has in the picture.

Thank you to EVERYONE!


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. What a wonderful milestone to celebrate!!! I am thrilled for your family, Jill. You are an inspiration!

  3. It was a huge blessing in MY life to do the tree. Your family and Little Air Bear have been a blessing to us and we are thrilled for your upcoming milestone! Merry Christmas!