September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!
Four years ago Bill and I got a call from our son, Jeff, that he and Melissa were taking Sam to the hospital. They asked us if we could meet them there, Sam was sick and they were taking blood tests. All the way to the hospital, I kept thinking positive yet, in back of my mind, I knew something was wrong with my little Sam. My heart ached when my son, Jeff, walked over to us in tears and told us what was happening. It was so hard seeing our loveable little grandson being stuck and probed trying to find out was wrong. Well it didn't take long, and we got the horrible news - Sam had leukemia. Our life stood still. We didn't know what to expect or how to feel. I just wanted to go home, sit on couch, cry, pray. Maybe it wasn't true?
I knew in a couple days that it wasn't helping by just feeling sad. I had to be strong for my son, Melissa, and Sam. I tried to be there when they needed me. It was hard seeing Sam in the hospital while he was so sick, while going through chemo treatments. I wanted to be there to let Sam know we love him and know he will beat this ugly bug. The doctors and nurses were awesome. When Sam was first admitted, the nurses were great - by giving Sam an iPad to play games while they took lots of blood tests. After each test, they would reward him with a toy. There were gifts of blankets, cards, and stuffed animals.
Sam's body went through lots of changes during his chemo treatments. It was hard watching at times, but we had to be there fighting with him. He was a fighter!! The tape from the bandages would leave marks and pull his tender skin. Somehow Sam would be brave and always make you smile. Lots of hospital and doctor appointments. The support our family received was wonderful. Jeff and Melissa reached out to support groups, which helped. The support of PCFLV was endless, with Iron Pigs games, camps, picnics, getting together with other
cancer families. Lots of cancer awareness walks and runs. Bill and I are involved in fundraisers that opened my eyes to see all the great things they do to help the children and families. It brought our family together at events.
Sam always put a smile on our faces and warmed our hearts, watching him fight this disease. It's been over a year that Sam is cancer-free. I pray each day for Sam to stay healthy. We keep involved with fundraising to bring awareness to cancer, to find a cure, and support other families. Thank you, God, for mygrandson SAM!!
-written by Sam's Gramma and Pop Pop