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Why I Relay
Picture this - A 4 year old girl who is about to start kindergarten is rushed to the hospital for stomach pains. The doctors first thought it was an enlarged spleen, after many tests it's revealed that it's CANCER. A wilm's tumor has taken over most of her kidney and some of the surrounding glands. She is rushed to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. The only option is surgery. Two surgeries, 17 radiation treatment and too many chemotherapy treatments to count, you are left with a little girl who has a scar that is across more then half her little belly and lost all her beautiful blonde hair. After being at Sick Kids for 6 weeks straight the little girl and her mom get to go home, but that's not the end. Many more bus trips from home to Sick Kids for more chemotherapy, X-rays, ultrasounds and blood work to make sure nothing had returned. As time goes by the parents become more concerned with the future of their little girl. Can she survive with only one kidney? Are there any long term effects that we should be concerned over? The only thing the doctors could say is that due to the radiation on the stomach and pelvis your child will not be able to have children. As time went on the little girl continued to do well, yearly visits to Toronto to ensure that the cancer had not returned. As the little girl grew into a teenager and a young women she had a major concern of her own, which was "Will I be able to have children?". All the doctors would tell her is "All you can do is try". Now in her early 20s she married her highschool sweetheart, after being married a couple of years they decided it was time to start a family. Not long after that they were excited to find out they were expecting their first child, a healthy little boy is born and 2 years later a healthy baby girl is also born.
THIS IS MY STORY
There is so many reasons I chose to Relay but the main reasons are:
To honour my children Nicholas and Paige who doctors told my parents I would never have
To honour my mom, Sheila who never left me alone when I was hospitalized, she had to leave behind my Dad and 2 sisters Jaime and Jodi for weeks at a time
To honour my dad, Paul who continued to work and take care of Jaime and Jodi and still find the time to drive 3 hours each way to visit us every weekend
I have been cancer free for 34 years now. I participate in 2 cancer research studies and every year I go to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto for a check up, which is both peace of mind for me to know that I am still cancer free and my information is used in a Long Term Follow Up Study.
So, please sponsor me in the Relay for Life to help make it possible for others to have the same success story that I have.
If you want to see how much cancer affects this world go to any one of the Relay for Life events and watch the survivor lap. It's a very emotional but it's amazing to see how many survivors there are and together we could make that number increase even more.