I’m going to be 100% honest for a bit. While hope I don’t offend anyone or make anyone uncomfortable, the truth is childhood cancer is so messed up, it is uncomfortable. Ava’s diagnosis last month fucking sucked! It definitely rocked our world and has caused heartbreak after heartbreak. I think we can all agree when you hear a child has cancer you feel terrible for them and for their family, but at the same time feel oh so lucky it’s not your child. I recently read that childhood cancer is rare until it’s your child who has it. This is SO true. After living in this world for a little over a month I can tell you it’s not as rare as we’d like to believe. Every time we go to Hopkins for clinic or are admitted I see the face of another sweet child who like Ava did absolutely nothing to deserve this terrible diagnosis. Kids like Jade who was diagnosed the same day as AJ and just today after 39 days was allowed to go home for a week before she returns for treatment. Or Zoey who after multiple miscarriages is her parents true miracle baby. Also sweet Ailani who is only 3 years old has already been through more than most of us ever will. During our first stay we also met Godric’s mom who was caring for him after a transplant. Because of a set back we only got to meet this little boy this time we were admitted. These are kids I pray for every night and will carry in my heart forever. These are just some of the little bodies fighting this horrific battle. Now, as much as this diagnosis has sucked it’s also renewed my faith, given me so much to be thankful for, and proven without any shadow of doubt my family is tremendously blessed. The people in our lives are some of the most caring, giving, and loving people ever. So I’d love it if you all could take on the mission of supporting families like mine, caring for kids like Ava, and even curing childhood cancer in our lifetime. There are so many ways to do this. Some so simple and others that require a bit more, but just ask yourself what would you be willing to do if it were your child? Now ask yourself is there guarantee it won’t be? Here’s your first way to take on this mission…
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and our family together with our friend Evie will Be Bold and Go Gold to bring awareness. Our first way will be with Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Please consider joining our team, donating through our link, or coming to our lemonade stand on 8/31. Throughout the next 5 weeks I’ll plan to post other things you can do to help. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think would join our cause. And if daily talk or post about Childhood Cancer is too much for you feel free to unfollow me now. ❤️
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Still sending you my love and hope daily. I am so sorry your family is dealing with this.
I’ve missed Ava sense the last time I saw her, and I think about her every day.I can’t wait to see her and wish I could’ve seen her before this. 💕