September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 19, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Isabella Chapman. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Isabella’s Fund.
Isabella Chapman’s Story:
What a difference a day makes! How often do we use that expression? Sometimes we say it to wipe the slate clean after a bad day; when comparing a stormy rainy day with a beautifully sunny one; or to convey a sense of optimism, that maybe a great day is just around the corner. There are many times in my life when one day really did make a difference and changed the course of my life forever … the day I met my husband, the day my only child Isabella was born, and the day Isabella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a malignant tumor.
The two greatest joys in my life are my husband and my daughter. The day they were each brought into my life I knew love, happiness and joy unlike any I have ever known. Then one day turned my world upside down and my greatest joy became my greatest fear. That is what happened when our daughter was diagnosed with cancer at 10 ½ months of age. It was as if the entire world as I had known it had come to a complete halt and was forever changed. The days turned into months filled with surgeries, chemotherapies, hospital stays, CT scans; months filled with fear, sorrow, anger, hope, and prayer. Time stood still and all of our energy and focus was spent praying that our daughter would be cured. Ultimately, by the grace of God, she was and our prayers, gratefully, were answered.
When your child has cancer, it can bring out the worst in you, but it can also bring out the best in you and others. My mind was filled with so much fear and dread but my body was filled with patience and determination. One of the biggest surprises was that amidst all of this strife, there was so much love. Love for each other, love from our family and friends, and love from complete strangers. We were encouraged by people who supported us with meals, sent cards and gifts for our baby daughter, made countless donations in Isabella’s honor, who followed our story and showed that they cared in big ways and small. All of this made a difference, one day at a time.
Months after we emerged from the darkest days of our life, we were embraced by a network bigger and stronger than we thought existed. It is filled with those who are determined that pediatric cancer should not take lives, it should not devastate families, and that it should be conquered. Imagine being in a world where not just one day makes a difference but every day makes a difference. That is how we feel about the community of people who work to conquer childhood cancer … the amazing staff at AFLAC Cancer Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the CURE family and so many more. Today Isabella is a healthy and happy kindergartener, about to turn 6! When I look at her I know that one day does make a difference. It makes the greatest impact when collectively we all decide that today will be different and we will all help make a change.
Isabella Chapman’s Story as told by her mother Tiffany Chapman
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.