Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weeding out Leukemia in Lily's Garden!

September is Childhood Cancer Month! We neeed to get serious about raising money to fund reseach into a cure for Childhood Cancer!

It has been over two years since our precious great -grand-daughter, Lily at age seven was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) on December 1, 2008.

Lily has learned a lot since this picture was taken. She has shown incredible courage beyond her years.

I recently filled in for the pastor at Beech Creek United Methodist Church, who took a well-deserved day off to visit family. While at Beech Creek I met a beautiful 4 year old boy named Nick who was born with brittle bones (osteogenesis imperfecta). In fact ,Nick was baptised by Dr. Bob Ozment signifying he is a child of God until he reaches the age of accountability when he can accept Jesus for himself. Nick is a beautiful and intelligent child. I do not know his complete diagnosis but, depending on the severity, osteogenesis imperfecta can significantly shorten one lifespan. This is only one of Childhood diseases we do to do serious reseach to find the cause and cure.

As Lily's family, we have become acquainted with more and more children, like Nick, suffering from some form of cancer or terminal illness! We ask for prayer for Nick and Lily and all these children and to consider supporting vital research to find causes and cures.

Lily's doctor explained leukemia by telling her that the leukemia cells are like weeds that crowd out the good flowers in a garden. Lily has passed some important milestones in her treatments in order to kill all the weeds so that only healthy and beautiful flowers will grow in "Lily's Garden." Lily and her family are reaching out and working and raising funds to find a cure for childhood cancers that attack children in frightening numbers.


Carol said...

Thank you for writing this. Her next phase of chemo - the more intense phase - starts today (2/4/09), and I'm letting my anxiety get the best of me. I just don't see how her body can handle more and stronger chemo without even worse side effects. Two months of this (interim maintenace), and then two months of even stronger chemo (delayed intensification). Then, she'll start long term maintenance. Cancer is a horrible thing, and no child should have to suffer through this.

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry to hear that your great-granddaughter is going through all this. I will be praying for Lily and you, and all her family, that she will be completely healed and live a long healthy life, and that you all have the strength to support her and each other through the process.

I don't know you, but with your permission (and Lily's and her family's through you), I'd like to post that picture on my blog with a link to this post so others can be praying for her as well. I understand if you don't want a stranger to do that, though.

Here's the link to my blog, so you can look around and see what you think: http://picturesforyourday.blogspot.com/

God bless you,

Stephanie said...

Thank you for letting me share Lily's picture and story. She is a beautiful girl! Here is the link to the post: http://picturesforyourday.blogspot.com/2009/02/lilys-garden.html