September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 22, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Kennedy Grace Kington. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Kennedy’s Fund.
Kennedy Grace Kington’s Story:
Kennedy Grace Kington was a normal three year old girl that loved to play outside. However, the spring of 2007, was different. We started noticing Kennedy wanting to wear a sweater every time she went outside, and then she started complaining of leg pain. That leg pain was soon followed by a fever that led us to the doctor. Within minutes our lives changed. The doctor took some blood work, and we were told right away that our daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The doctors immediately started chemotherapy and put a port in her chest to administer the medicine that would save her life. For the next two years and two months Kennedy took a ton of chemotherapy, had many spinal taps, had blood drawls and of course plenty of hospital stays. It was so hard on Kennedy and drained her of all her energy. About eight months into treatment, Kennedy’s adrenal system shut down and could not handle the harsh medicine anymore. It took two ICU stays in the hospital until finally the doctors were able to figure out why her body was going into septic shock. Thank goodness this was diagnosed, and Kennedy then took extra steroids to help her body fight the harshness of the chemotherapy for the rest of her treatment.
It has surely been a long, tough, hard road, but we are happy to say that on June 29, 2009 our baby finished treatment for ALL. Kennedy has an 85% chance of never having to fight this disease again. We pray every night that is the case. There are many side effects of the chemotherapy that Kennedy will have to deal with, however the fact that she is alive and healthy is all that really matters. CURE was a huge part of our support system during our two years and two months. We so appreciate all that they have done for us and our fellow cancer families during these trying times. It is definitely not something you wish for your family to go through, but it does open your eyes to the amazing, generous people out there, and that is something to be thankful for. Thank you for your support.
Kenn and Heather Kington
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.