I haven't been around in a good long while, and a lot of you may know why, but if you don't..... my little grandson, Zane, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) back in September a few weeks before his fourth birthday. He was never sick, never ran a fever, had only had antibiotics once in his life for an earache.... he was the healthiest kid you can imagine. So why did his Mom take him to the doctor? He had bruising. That was it. At first we thought he was just playing rough on the playground at Montessori school. But she decided to get it checked out....
A blood test at the local hospital resulted in a doctor calling us at home, and telling us she needed to get him to a hospital right away. Instead of going back there, we went on to the ER at a big hospital in Springfield. Within a couple of hours, she and I heard the words "leukemia" and the earth just stopped. By morning, the two of them were in an ambulance headed to St. Jude's in Memphis, and they never went home again.
He is in remission and now in his third phase of chemo. Chemo for ALL lasts two years and nine months. They lived at the Ronald McDonald house for the first couple of months, and are now settled into an apartment near St. Jude's. I can't say enough about how wonderful all the people there are. It really is a place where miracles happen every day. The success rate for ALL is 94% at St. Jude's We'll take those odds!
St. Jude's accepts whatever insurance pays and never sends any family a bill. When you are a St. Jude's patient, you are a patient for life. They are decoding the genome of childhood cancer, and could possibly have a CURE before he is even through with chemo. So we decided to have a benefit and raise money for St. Jude's.
With a tremendous amount of support and hard work by a group of wonderful people, we have so far sent $13,172.00 to St. Jude's. We are a small lake community of just over 200 people, so I think this is pretty phenomenal!
He has been so brave, and we are so proud of him! He has lost most of his hair, but he still has his beautiful smile!
I am documenting Zane's journey through photos and video, so that when he is old enough to understand what happened to him, he will know how he brought people together and accomplished wonderful things. He told me last week that when he grows up and has a healthy body, he is going to be a hero.... he is all ready my hero!
If you want to check out any of Zane's videos from St. Jude's they are on YouTube under the name 1890cabin.
Thanks for looking!