Jalynn from The Red Closet Diary created this amazing event called Bloggers Give Back. She created the event for all bloggers to unite and to help someone else in need. This year, she
has chosen to help two families in need instead. The Peterson's and the Hancock's. Both of these families have been burdened with not only medical expenses, but tragic news of cancer to both of their sweet little boys. As I read their stories, all of my trials, struggles and tribulations seem SO small compared to what these families are facing and going through.
Today my heart is filled with overwhelming gratitude and love for my God.
For His infinite love, His faithfulness, His blessings, and His promises.
Carson "Tuff Boy" Hancock was born Friday, February 13, 2009. He spent the first 5 days of his life in the NICU: with a rare airway condition called Bronchial Malaysia, causing his airway to be weak and narrow. His father wanted to name him "Tuff" because he was a very "Tuff" baby from the very beginning! "Tuff Boy" stuck as Carson's nick name.
Carson's first surgery was when he was just 6 months old and he has since had 5 surgeries for his airway. You would think that would be enough for one little boy to endure in his very young life, but on May 10, 2012 our sweet little 3 year old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Within hours of the diagnoses he was rushed into surgery and immediately started chemo therapy. His Father and I were paralyzed with grief! Why Carson? Hasn't he already been through enough? What if he can't beat it?
We feared the worst!
Mother's day that year was spent in the hospital with me holding Carson and my own mother holding me while I cried my heart out for my sweet little boy. The next morning I knew we had to fight. Not only just fight, but fight with the best attitude possible and reach out to as many people as possible to gather support. I would not let cancer get the best of me or Carson. Since that Mother's Day, Carson has had 15 lumbar punctures to receive chemotherapy directly into his spine, as well as 2 surgeries on his airway from his original condition at birth.
Carson has endured countless pokes, surgeries, hospital stays, horrible medications and many, many sick days - and yet he continues to fight and be happy and act like any normal 4-year old. He loves to play and recently participated in the Mutton Bustin Competition at the rodeo. Carson will continue to receive chemotherapy treatments until July 2015! That will be 3.5 years of treatment.
Carson is in need of another very evasive surgery to fix his airways, but really can't because of the cancer. The surgery will involve breaking 4 ribs, cracking his chest open and using bone from his ribs to reconstruct his airway. Doctors are now saying he needs the surgery regardless of the risk. Carson has to sleep with leg braces on because of the damage the chemo has had on his leg muscles. This family has to pay 100% of all medication and 20% of everything else. His chemotherapy alone is thousands a month.
Beckham is a very active little boy; he loves to run, jump, climb like most three year old little boys. His parents were concerned with how easily he bruised, but doctors chalked it up to his high energy and just being a little kid.
This last August things started to get a little worse. Beckham started getting some darkness around his eyes. His parents decided to watch it and see if it would go away on it's own. The bruising started to get better and Beckham's parent's worries went away. Just when the bruising was about healed and looking normal it started to darken again. His parents decided to take Beckham back to the doctor.Following the doctor's appointment the doctor called saying that Beckham's complete blood count test came back abnormally low, and that Beckham needed to be taken to Primary Children's Medical Center. When Beckham met with the doctors one of the first things they said was, "this boy does not look like he has cancer."As a precaution, they did a more specific test to check for a specific type of cancer. Following the test, the doctors told Beckham's parents that he had stage 4, high risk, neuroblastoma.Beckham has had his first round of chemotherapy, and is fighting like a champ; his family is still encouraged that doctors still say, "he does not look like a boy with stage four cancer." Beckham has a 40% chance of beating cancer, and we want to do everything possible to help Beckham beat this.
Lets make this as successful as possible!
Even if you can only donate $1, every little amount matters.
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