September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 3, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Wil Senn. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Wil’s Fund.
Wil Senn’s Story:
Our second son, Wilson Patrick “WIL”, was born on August 17, 2007. He weighed 9 pounds and 13 ounces. He was 22 inches long and healthy as can be. He was the most perfect baby! He smiled and slept and loved to eat. We never imagined 3 months later that our whole world would be turned upside down. It happened the week of Thanksgiving, 2007. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day was normal. Wil went to sleep that night and woke up at two in the morning screaming. Nothing would calm him down. By eight in the morning, I was waiting for his pediatrician in her office. She felt his abdomen and knew immediately something was wrong. She sent us across the street to have an x-ray and then to our local Children’s Hospital. Once they “cathed” Wil, he stopped crying and 6 ounces of urine came out. He fell asleep and was scanned again. After a few minutes the doctor came in and delivered a devastating blow. She said we needed to get to Egleston in Atlanta they were expecting us. We packed and left town within an hour. After fourteen long hours in the Emergency Room we were sent to the third floor – The Aflac Cancer floor. The walk down that hallway was so scary and so long. The bald heads, the kids with IV poles and mask on – it was terrifying. I could never imagine that within a few weeks the cancer floor would feel like home. Within a few hours (Thanksgiving Day) we were introduced to the most amazing people. Surgeons, an oncologist, nurses, and our friends from CURE all came to the rescue. They showered us with friendship, love and most importantly HOPE. We were told our son had cancer but never once did they make us feel that it was a death sentence. They gave us HOPE and made us believe that we were going to survive this cancer.
Two days after being diagnosed with Stage III Neuroblastoma, our three month old son was carried off to surgery to have a biopsy of the tumor, port implanted, bone marrow aspirations, and a supapubic catheter implanted. After a three hour surgery he was brought back to us where we embraced him, and took a deep breathe to prepare for the next step. Back on the Aflac floor again, his port was accessed for the first time and the first round of chemo began. He had an EKG, bone scans, MIBG injection, and MIBG scan. The next months consisted of more chemo, scans, clamping his cath off to see if he could finally urinate on his own. I remember the first urine shower we got and we laughed, cheered and cried. In all, Wil had four rounds of chemo, two surgeries, countless pricks and IV’s. He had 14 scans and counting. He spent twenty two nights in the hospital and all of this before he turned one. After 8 long weeks he had the catheter removed and scans revealed that the chemo was working and the tumor has shrunk. Words cannot describe the doctors and nurses at Egleston. They have been inspiring and helpful and have done nothing but instill hope into our lives. Because of CURE’s dedication to research for children’s cancer, I am a mother of a childhood cancer survivor. Through Wil’s journey we have received hope and love. With your help in sponsorship of CURE Childhood Cancer, we will continue on that path and so will many other families.
Wil’s Mom, Mary Senn
About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:
September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!
Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.
For more information, please click here.
About CURE Childhood Cancer:
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.
Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
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Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.