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Abby’s Camp Story

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Child Name: Abby Snider
Age: 17
Diagnosis: High-Risk T-Cell ALL
State: VA
Program: Camp Scholarships Program
Date Helped: January 2017

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life? When did your child go into remission?
Cancer entered our lives on March 1, 2014 and Abby finished treatments on July 9, 2016.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
We have become closer as a family and now we know how precious life is. However, we are still recovering financially, emotionally and socially. Our other children have been affected by it tremendously.

3. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We took it day by day and prayed a lot. We try to tell our story and help raise money for childhood cancer. We try to help or provide emotional support to the new diagnoses or those still in the fight.  

4. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Being able to go on weekend getaways or events like this provided by organizations like Special Love or Casey Cares.

5. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive one of our Camp Scholarships?
It helps us out tremendously. We would not be able to do things like this without this scholarship.

6. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Through Special Love



Tara’s Camp Story

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Child Name: Tara
Age: 11
State: VA
Program: Camp Scholarships
Date Helped: January 2017

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
February 26, 2013

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
It has made us realize that life is precious. It has made us realize that you never know what might happen from one day to the next. 

3. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
The love and support from our family and friends. Weekends like this ski weekend helps us get away from the "cancer" life and just lets these kids be kids and a time for the family to spend together and have fun. 

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We have done our best. Some days are much better than others and then there are some days that Tara says, "Mom cancer sucks and I wish I didn't have cancer." Those are the days that make it hard. It also makes it hard when you see them go through so much and you can't fix it.

5. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive one of our Camp Scholarships Program?
When I told Tara that we were accepted with this scholarship she was overjoyed. She knows that her cancer has stopped us from doing things because of the financial strain so being able to do this helps more than many people realize. 

6. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
From Special Love.

 

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See photos from Special Love's Ski Weekend here.



Luke’s Story

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luke_polaroidChild Name: Luke
Age: 5
State: OH
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: November 2016

 1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
March 22, 2016

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Cancer makes you appreciate the little things and truly value each moment. The mall things do not bother us.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Keeping Luke happy and positive and making sure he still enjoys being a 5-year-old child.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Staying normal and connected to the lives we led before the diagnosis. Exercise keeps us healthy.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Being able to enjoy doing things as a family. Being apart while at the hospital is hard on us.

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Camp Scholarships Program?
It is amazing and overwhelming the support we receive. We are beyond grateful for the Helping Hands Fund.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Our social worker.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
We are not the first or the last family to be affected by pediatric cancer. Our circumstance is unique to us as you never think it will happen.



Isabella’s Story

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isabella_polaroidChild Name: Isabella
Age: 6
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
State: MA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: August 2016

 1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
January 2016

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Negatively because all of us suffer with her. Life, as it was, is no more. Your child looks to you for help. I can’t help. We live in fear every second of every day. We live with “what if?” The bond with my other kids is slowly dying because my life revolves around my daughter. I can’t work so I can’t pay bills. Positively, we no longer worry about the small things, you learn who your true friends are, and there are good life lessons to teach the kids.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
We can’t go anywhere or be around other people. She is always sick and can’t be a kid anymore. Hospital stays are the worst for us all. My fiancé and I have 8 kids together. From 8 months to 21 years old. Being away from them is very hard.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We are still mentally and emotionally sick.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Isabella’s joy is her baby brother, Isaac. He is a joy for all of us!

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Helping Hands Fund?
This was a huge help! It's so hard to pay bills because I can only work part time and even with that I miss work when she is sick.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Our social worker.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
All children with cancer are unique! My daughter is my HERO!



Callan’s Story

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Child Name: CallanCallan_Polaroid
Age: 3
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
State: LA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: July 2016

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
December 20, 2015

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Our child’s diagnosis has affected every single aspect of our lives. Together we live with a disease that threatens to silence a child’s laughter, to dim the brightness in his eyes, to remove the warm sunshine from his skin. The threat is terrifying. The reality is that as a family we learned to laugh anyway, to shine anyway, and to enjoy the warm sunshine even if it’s in our imagination. Our beautiful child has cancer, but cancer does not have us.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Balance. Trying to maintain a balance between spending time with our other child, working, and going to treatment. Also, babysitters are worth their weight in gold.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
A lot of praying.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Spending time together.

6. Have we assisted you through our Programs? If so, how has our assistance impacted your family?
The financial burden is great even with insurance. Assisting with bills makes things easier. Helps to keep us focused instead of worrying.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Through our social worker.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
I’m biased because I’m his mom. He is the kindest, sweetest child. He loves Star Wars. I think he might actually have the force.