Children's Cancer Recovery

Sara’s Story

SaraGomez_PolaroidChild Name: Sara Gomez
Age: 18
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
State: MN
Program: Helping Hands
Date Helped: June 2016

When did this word enter your life?
August 30, 2012

How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Negative – lost jobs, lost friends
Positive – stronger family created new friends- new perspective on life

What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
Seeing my child in pain. Being afraid of death continue being “mom” to my other children.

How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We cry a lot and we are open about everything.

What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?
Being together. Making time for a picnic, little things. Being grateful for everyday!

How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Helping Hands Fund?
We struggle financially since I lost my job so this grant helps me pay one more bill.

How did you hear about Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Thru my case worker / social worker

Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
I don’t consider my family unique, cancer affects everyone! I’m a single parent. I have accepted that my struggle is real. But the love for my children helps me conquer my fear. Cancer hurts all families! But if you accept that we all die eventually it gets easier. So you have to live life to it’s fullest even through the bad days! I consider my Sara a fighter and my hero! We are just a normal family that on August 30, 2012 we found out Sara had cancer. A start to a whole new journey! We are glad Sara is still with us and we have a wonderful organization like you to help us out. I greatly appreciate it!,30 2012 we found out Sara had cancer. A start to a whole new journey! We are glad Sara is still with us and we have a wonderful organization like you to help us out. I greatly appreciate it!

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