I am writing on behalf of a wonderful little girl named Autumn who is battling cancer for the second time and she’s only 7 years old. Autumn is being treated for a brain tumor, which has returned after being off treatment for almost five years. She was 14-months-old at her first diagnosis.
Autumn and her family travel two hours each way to receive treatment at The Children’s Hospital outpatient clinic in Savannah. Unfortunately, the frequent visits require a lot of gas money and take a toll on their vehicle, but the family always makes the most of their visits together. Autumn takes oral chemotherapy almost every day and has to have lots of “pokes” to check for lab values in case she needs any blood transfusions. Autumn first entered our clinic rather shy and quiet, but she has opened up and is very chatty and spunky now. She even performed a choreographed dance video for our child life specialist to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which has become her theme song. She brought such smiles to all of us in clinic at this visit!
Autumn’s mother was not sure what they were going to be able to do for Christmas this year, and feels so honored that someone might want to help her. Autumn hopes to become a doctor one day to help people. She loves reading, dolphins, monkeys and prefers to write short stories over watching television. When asked what she would like for Christmas she said a FurReal Friends Cuddles my Giggly Monkey, Barbie furniture and clothes, and a Barbie dolphin trainer doll and new pajamas. Autumn’s 8-year-old sister is a fashion “diva” into clothes, fashion accessories, earrings, and also loves to read! Her 10-month-old brother could use some puzzles, Melissa & Doug learning toys, or clothes. Autumns’ dad loves Bass Pro Shop and Lowes as a shopping treat when they are able to afford a visit.
When I asked Autumn’s mother what she would like for Christmas, she quickly responded a “cure for my daughter’s cancer.” Her only other request is a new set of pots and pans. She cooks all the time to help them save money and stays at home to care for the children and keep track of Autumn’s medical needs, so they only have one income that has to cover medical bills, travel to treatments, and family needs.
I cannot say enough about this family. I am humbled and honored each day that I am involved in Autumn’s care. Her mother finds great comfort in the Bible. This family displays such courage in this journey and any help your listeners could provide them would be ever so appreciated. Thanks for making this event possible each year.
Pediatric Oncology Nurse Navigator
The Children’s Hospital at Memorial
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