Welcome to My CureSearch Challenge Page
On September 21 2012, the course of our family’s life was changed forever.
Our baby was diagnosed with cancer.
A rare high risk form of leukemia. No overt symptoms, no red flags...no reason. And just like that we were blindly thrust into a world of fear. pain. uncertainty.
During those years our life was all about cancer. And our Maci. And holding our life together. It was about watching our sweet 1-year-old's hair fall out. Cuddling her as her oncologists put her to sleep. Watching toxic chemicals pump into her little body. Making the best of our life with her in the hospital week after week. We forced ourselves to focus on the moment. Make this baby as happy as we can. Make our life in the hospital as joyful as possible.
Through her years of treatment, Maci met her fair share of struggles, but in spite of it all she has persevered and flourished. It’s been almost 7 years since her diagnosis.... and now we live happily, gratefully, normally. We have a few minor reminders of that life... I'm learning the scars will always be there. But our girl is almost 8 years old and enjoying a beautifully normal childhood.
I often stop. Take it all in.
This is it.
This is the life I wasn’t sure she was going to have. She got on that bus. learned to ride a bike. giggles with her sister. turns cartwheels in the grass. runs with her friends....carefree with wild curls flowing behind her.
This is the life that was threatened by this ugly disease. The life we hoped for but were constantly reminded.... was not promised.
The life so. many. children. LOSE.
Childhood cancer is ugly and ruthless and cruel. The mass underfunding of pediatric focused cancer research is utterly unacceptable. My baby, and so many other babies, deserve MORE.
They deserve LIFE.
They deserve a CURE.
In honor of my hero, my Maci...and all the other warriors fighting every day...I will train for and complete the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 to support CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research, with measurable results.
43 children are diagnosed with cancer EACH day. 5 of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive.
My hope is to make a difference, improve these odds, and help prevent the pain and devastation this disease causes.
I truly appreciate any support you can offer!
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