September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 26, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Aimee Martin. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Aimee’s Fund.
Aimee Martin’s Story:
In October 2007, Aimee, four years old, became very sick. Back and forth to the pediatrician she went, with x-rays and examinations all resulting in a diagnosis of constipation. Poor Aimee never seemed to respond to the prescribed treatment. Instead, Aimee was getting worse, not eating, not sleeping or even talking. After insisting on a specialist, Aimee was sent to Dr. Walter Ifadike, a pediatric gastroenterologist. Upon examination, he recognized just how quickly she seemed to be deteriorating and insisted that we take Aimee at once to Egleston emergency. It was in the emergency room that we finally had an answer to what was ailing her. Aimee had cancer, Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Unbelievable grief and fear gripped our hearts as we tried to withstand the shock of the news. How could she have cancer? Was it something we did or did not do? Will she survive? We immediately called every family member and in turn they called every friend, church, extended family member and everyone else they could think of and started a prayer chain that would extend literally around the world.
Aimee was given her first chemo treatment two days later in the ICU, it was Saturday. Another treatment followed on Sunday. On Friday, Aimee had another CT scan to see if her tumor was responding to the chemo. The doctors were hoping for at least a twenty percent reduction. The results were miraculous. Aimee’s tumor, which stretched from the right side of her back all the way around her abdomen, even invading both of her ovaries, had shrunk seventy percent. With her tumor responding so well, they started her protocol. By February 4, 2008, Aimee was in remission and she had her last chemo treatment the last week that month. Our family saw the hand of God move through so many people during that time in our lives. We have no doubt that God delivered her healing through the care of her wonderful doctors and nurses.
Aimee is now six and has started first grade. She has been in remission for a year and a half and is looking forward to her cure at the five year mark. Aimee is a precious girl and is stronger than ever, mind, body, and spirit. After teetering on the edge of life and death, Aimee has an understanding about life that some of us may never know. She thanks God everyday for her wonderful life and we thank God everyday for another day with her.
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.
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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.