September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 5, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Brent Karasick. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Brent’s Fund.
Brent Karasick’s Story:
Cancer gives no warning. One day we thought our baby was just a little tired, wouldn’t eat much, with a slight fever. Every parent can probably relate to this. It seemed like a cold, an ear infection perhaps. And it was 1 in 100,000 that it was leukemia. Last we heard of leukemia, it was a TV movie 25 years ago with a child in a bubble. So sad, and you knew how it was going to end.
After 12 long months of needles, hospitals, massive chemotherapy, intensive care machinery and breakdowns in hospital waiting rooms, we are still having a hard time explaining how or why this happened. Maybe it’s like being in the wrong café in the Middle East, or on the wrong airplane flight. The odds are astronomical, and yet it happens to someone.
Brent was born September 5, 2007, perfect, normal, healthy. He was brought into a healthy family, with no history of cancer. His grandparents are alive and well in their 90s. Before July 23, 2008, we thought cancer usually came with a history or a reason, or at least an inkling that it might be on the horizon. Perhaps a warning bell that says, “Prepare yourself…its coming.” We had absolutely none of that.
We picked up the phone one Wednesday night, expecting the nurse hotline to give instructions for Tylenol or an appointment in the morning. The nurse asked questions we never thought about and sent us to the emergency room. We didn’t come home for 26 days, and have spent about 100 nights in the hospital since then. At first, we didn’t really know if Brent would ever be coming home. For an infant (less than 1), the odds weren’t very reassuring. The poor doctor who had to give us the news could barely look us in the eye that night; he knew what the next few years would look like – and that’s if we were lucky. It’s hard to even remember those terrible early days.
Many lucky breaks have come to us since that night: he achieved remission within days of his diagnosis; the genetic profile of his leukemia isn’t the worst case scenario; he survived the terrible bloodstream infections and sepsis that sent us racing to the ICU twice; we live 5 miles from one of the largest and best pediatric hematology / oncology programs in America; and our doctors and nurses love our little boy as much as we do.
One year later, Brent is in the maintenance portion of his therapy and is doing well. We are humbled and grateful to share his story of healing and our real hope for his cure. We love him so much, and he brings us immeasurable joy. Without the progress over the past several decades, Brent would not be here watching Elmo and playing with trains. And, that progress comes from donors who understand the importance of research, healthcare professionals, pharmaceuticals and lifesaving technologies. These things have saved our son’s life, and through his life, saved his parents and family, too. Thank You.
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.
Donate to Brent’s Fund
Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.