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Nathan – 1 year old

September 17, 2010

TGIF Everybody! I have never been so excited that it’s a Friday. Maybe this weekend I’ll be able to get some sleep since there is some time to nap mid-day tomorrow? We shall see.

They came a day early, but the t-shirts arrived! I’ll take a picture this weekend and post for you all to see. They’re not terrible, but they’re not great. I thought the logo on the front would be bigger; you’ll see when I post some pics.

In the meantime, don’t forget that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! If you’ve already told your friends about this website or my blog – then thank you! If you haven’t, please feel free to spread the word (and then ask your friends to make a $5 donation!). There’s only a couple of more weeks to promote awareness for this cause. I mean, you can keep talking about it all you want way into December and beyond, but October begins Breast Cancer Awareness month and breast cancer gets a lot of attention. They’re both terrible, but as I’ve said before, there’s just something – for me – so incredibly sad about a cancer diagnosis for a child.  So, speaking of which, I’m going to move right on into today’s inspiration story who also happens to be St. Jude’s September Patient of the Month:  Nathan …

Nathan
1 year old

Diagnosis:

Nathan was found to suffer from bilateral retinoblastoma in May 2009.

Nathan’s Story:

When Nathan’s mom couldn’t seem to get a picture of her baby without capturing a glint of white in his left eye, she thought her camera was malfunctioning. Her pictures kept coming out the same, and she started to wonder if something was wrong with little Nathan’s eye. At Nathan’s 6-month checkup, she decided to show one of the photographs to his pediatrician. The doctor took one look at the photograph, and his face turned serious. He recommended she take Nathan to specialists right away.

At the family’s local hospital, the diagnosis was made: Nathan had bilateral retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. Tumors were present in both of Nathan’s eyes, and he would need further care. Crushed, Nathan’s parents asked the doctor where they should turn for their son’s treatment. The doctor was quick to recommend St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We can treat it here, but at St. Jude, they’re doing research. They have new treatments,” she said. “If it was my child, I would go to St. Jude.”

That was all they needed to hear. The doctor provided a referral, and within a few days, Nathan and his parents were on their way to St. Jude.

At St. Jude:

At St. Jude, Nathan received a total of 11 rounds of chemotherapy over the course of eight months. He also had laser treatments when, during treatment, his tumors started to grow back. In spring 2010, Nathan completed treatment and was able to have his no-more chemo party. He returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.

Nathan’s mom appreciates the family-centered care offered at St. Jude. When Nathan’s older brothers visited St. Jude, Child Life Specialists were on hand to answer questions that they had about Nathan’s treatment. “Here, they don’t just give you medical help,” his mother said. “You have appointments with Child Life and Social Work. When your child has cancer, there are so many needs you have that aren’t medical, and St. Jude meets all those needs.”

Nathan is an energetic boy who loves running after his brothers and playing outside. “Cancer has not slowed him down,” his mom said.

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Dear readers, isn’t he just the cutest? Here’s the thing: If cancer can’t slow Nathan down, than that’s a reminder to me that: work, blogging, the new puppy, and more can’t slow me down either when it comes to marathon training and fund-raising. This weekend we’re doing the half marathon in Philly and giving out temp tattoos for donations. So wish me luck! Oh – and I recently decided I’m going to get the puppy a tee too. Gosh knows we get stopped all the time on the street with him, so at the very least, maybe he can help spread the word about my mission of the Season too.

Nathan and family – the 13.1 this weekend – is all for you! (Thank you for inspiring me)

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Dear reader, have you made your donation yet? No amount is too small and what other donation also gives you a chance to win a prize?!?! (The answer: I haven’t seen anybody else! šŸ˜‰ ) So make your donation today and be sure to check out the Prizes page to see what you can win! The drawing will be the week before Thanksgiving! You can make you donation by clicking here.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 12:21 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Nathans story.He and his family are in my prayers.I admire you and the message you are sending.Keep up the great work!!

    • September 17, 2010 2:25 pm

      Thank you for reading the blog! Stay tuned to see how the fund-raising progresses – there are lots of events and ideas in store for the Fall. šŸ™‚

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