Sam M.
"They provided us with ways to lead life as normal as possible."
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30 Days/30 Stories
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!

September 17th
It was January 4, 2012 when we heard the dreaded words, "our son has cancer." Just a quick summary of our personal story...Sam was 4 at the time of diagnosis. It was going to be a long 3+ years of chemotherapy to treat leukemia. Lots of doctor appointments and dealing with a sad little boy who couldn't do the things he loved. He was always active, but now his energy was half and so was his self-esteem.

Now the real reason for this year's story: Enter PCFLV. We found friendship immediately at the first event we attended sponsored by them. We found friendship from families that knew what we were going through and some going through it at the same time. It brought comfort to us and our kids who instantly just understood the struggle and pain each were dealing with. During those next years in active treatment, we could count on PCFLV to help during hospital stays to brighten Sam's day and to help provide gift cards to pay for the gas and food we needed. We went from being a two-income family to one - and it's a struggle. When we were not inpatient at the hospital, PCFLV still provided support. They had events where families got together, and it felt like a little bit of normal. Being in public places was harder with a child with a suppressed immune system; but at these events, it felt safe. They had programs like Art Soup where the kids go and do art work while the parents got out to eat, courtesy of PCFLV. Those were good for us, too. Our kids were in good hands, and the parents could talk to support each other - or couples could have time to breathe together.

We now try to be involved in the fundraising events as well, especially the annual 5K Walk/8K Run to Live. Our extended family and many friends have come together in these efforts because they see how PCFLV kept our family thriving in the midst of a storm. Christmas would have probably never happened without the generosity of sponsors donating gift cards to PCFLV to keep Christmas alive. In general, without PCFLV, our family would have drown in depression. They provided us with ways to lead life as normal as possible.

Sam finished active treatment on March 7, 2015 but will not be considered cured until 2020. PCFLV does not turn us away because he is no longer in treatment. He is still invited to enjoy time and events with other families. They celebrated with us as he took his last chemo and awarded him his warrior shield. We are forever grateful to PCFLV and each and every donor, sponsor, and supporter. We have seen the growth of awareness in the last few years, and they are with us in that fight as well.

More 30 Days/30 Stories
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Day 18: Vanessa