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St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer - Pittsburgh, PA

Anna's Army

 

Please support Anna's Army as we walk for Anna Fera and for all the children fighting cancer. On April 25th 2016, after several weeks of intense headaches and vomiting, Anna's mom and dad, Jodi and Michael, would receive the devastating news that no parent ever wants to hear! They took Anna to the Emergency room at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh at the suggestion of her eye doctor who had found a swollen optic nerve. After conducting a CT scan, a doctor at Children's Hospital would ask Michael and Jodi to step out in the hallway. As they follow the doctor into the hallway they knew it couldn't be good news and their faces would immediately feel flush with fear and their hearts felt like they would beat right out of their chests. They glanced back and their hearts would become incredibly heavy as they see a very scared and confused little girl staring at them from her hospital bed. As the doctor delivers the devastating news that their sweet, innocent, little nine year old girl has a brain tumor their faces would show the signs of disbelief as their bodies would go numb and their legs would go weak and it would take everything to keep them from falling to the floor and weeping right there in that hallway.They would need to quickly gather themselves because they needed to remain strong for their little girl. Anna had surgery on April 27th to remove the tumor. On May 13th they would receive more devastating news that would, once again, turn their world upside down as they learn Anna's tumor was a cancerous Medulloblastoma brain tumor and the surgeon had to leave parts of the tumor attached to her brain. Anna would need radiation and chemotherapy to treat the cancer that was left behind. Her parents would take a crash course to learn all they could about her tumor in order to find the best place for her treatment. They decide on St Jude because they feel St Jude would give Anna the best chance for a cure. With some of the top doctors in the world and a number one ranking as the best Children's Hospital for the treatment of cancer they leave their three other children at home in the loving arms of family and begin their journey on May 20th. After six weeks of radiation, four rounds of intense chemotherapy, and with the blessings of so many prayers and support coming from family, friends,  Tall Trees neighbors, St Thomas More Church, their entire USC community, Bulldog coworkers and work associates, as well as prayer warriors from around the globe they would bring Anna back home on December 14th. Cancer decided to start a fight and attack their child, it was a surprise attack that they never saw coming. They were in shock and their world fell into the darkness that is cancer. It would be the darkest period of their lives. God would lead them out of that darkness for as they searched they would find a light, a beacon of hope. That light of hope would be St Jude Children's Research Hospital. They took shelter at St Jude where they were witness to so many incredible doctors, nurses and support staff. They made many friends with other parents as they would fight their battles together. They were far from home but they were in the arms of so many wonderful caring people who became their family away from home. God has truly blessed them as He guided them through their storm and continues to guide them on their long road ahead. Cancer, however, knows no bounds as it continues to wreak havoc on so many young innocent lives and has taken the lives of so many of Anna's sweet friends. That is why your support is desperately needed! It is needed so that St. Jude can continue finding cures so that, one day, no child will die from this horrible disease. So that one day we will no longer live in fear of the dreaded word cancer. A day when cancer will only exist in the past. St. Jude is the leader in this fight against cancer. Please help St. Jude so they can make this day a reality! Thank you so much for your support!!

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