ALL FUNDS RAISED BY CANCERCARE MANITOBA FOUNDATION STAY IN MANITOBA TO SUPPORT THE INCREDIBLE WORK HAPPENING AT CANCERCARE MANITOBA
It seems only too fitting for it to be "throwback" time as we are on the cusp of a major milestone in Dane's (and our entire family's) cancer experience ...
January 6, 2009 - Our then seven-year old son Dane is diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He begins 3.5 years of gruelling life-saving treatment
December 2009 - Dane (and us his side kicks) is the face of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation's holiday appeal. For a look back at the entire family, please watch this :30 second video I've pulled from the "archives"
May 8, 2012 - Dane takes his last ever chemotherapy medicine. No more IVs, steroids, lumbar punctures, etc. It's a day of many happy tears
May 26, 2012 - We and hundreds of people who rallied behind us for the 3.5 years celebrate at "Dane's Dream" ... What a day and night! Thanks to incredible support we blew the roof off our fundraising goal, all proceeds going to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
So now here we are ... in four short weeks Dane will reach a HUGE milestone. Five years cancer-free post treatment. We can't underestimate the significance of getting to this point with no relapse. It's reallly a feeling beyond description.
Although that day in January 2009 when the floor fell out below us seems so long ago now, we all have moments when it's still very vivid. He is here with us living a great life because of the tremendous care he received from CancerCare Manitoba and the decades of research which have increased childhood leukemia surival rates to nearly 90%!!
As I did last year, I will walk 20 kms in the Foundation's hallmark event on June 10 - Challenge for Life 2.0. I will do so with double pride ... being the mother of a pediatric cancer SURVIVOR and as a proud Foundation employee. Last year thanks to so many generous supporters, I raised nearly $3000. This year I'd love to reach that goal!
With heartfelt appreciation -