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 Medical Center, 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, September 25, 2012

Babies and Walks

Little Air Bear has a new little sister!
(she was wearing a mask because she had a cold)


Part of the miracle of having a new sister is the awesomeness of ViaCord's Sibling Connection program.  Through ViaCord's program we were able to save the stem cells from our new baby girl's cord blood and we banked it, along with some cord tissue, in hopes it could save Erin's life.  If Erin's Acute Myeloid Leukemia were to relapse she would need a bone marrow transplant.  If our new baby is her perfect match (our other two kids were not) then instead of using a bone marrow donor off of the Be The Match registry we would use our new baby's cord blood for the transplant.  
Isn't science amazing?!  

Our family is in love with our newest addition.  We are now a family of six!


It was so much fun having the kids see their new sister for the first time, but funny enough, the kids spent most of the time pretending to be doctors rather than oohing and aching over their sister.  There's something that has to be said about our family who spent 146 days in a hospital room during cancer treatment: The kids LOVE to play with all the medical gadgets.  Our new baby had several "doctors" all trying to take her blood pressure and check her heartbeat.



Besides having a baby, we have been actively raising awareness and raising funds for the upcoming 2nd annual CureSearch Walk in our area!  Up to now, our team has raised $4117.09!  We are getting closer to our goal to raise $5000 by Saturday.  We only have 4 days left! 


So far this year, our walk has raised $104,609!  Our goal was $90,00 and we have exceeded it by nearly $15,000 already!

Thank you so much to all of you who have donated this year and in years past.  We appreciate so much that you have been willing to help us raise money for childhood cancer research.  100% of your donation to our walk will go directly to childhood cancer research.  Just 30 years ago there was no cure for childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Now the success rate is near 60%.  That's good, but not good enough.  We hope that through raising funds for research we can get that cure rate for AML and all other childhood cancers to 100%!

2 comments:

  1. Ah, hooray!!! And congrats! She looks so precious. What did you name her? I'm so happy for you guys, Jill!

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  2. I have been googling trying to find other kids, hopefully PCMC kids with AML. my son was just diagnosed, and I am so excited to find your site and all the sites you have listed on the side of the blog! So glad your little girl is doing well. Megan (megannielson@msn.com)

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