Our story is similar to all those families who have had to watch their child/children fight for their life because cancer doesn't discriminate.
On January 8th 2019 our lives forever changed. What started off as a “normal” day, kids went to school and we went to work, turned into a nightmare by 6PM. I remember walking into the Doctors office with Brantlee and within minutes my world just stopped. He looked at us, and said “this could be just anemia or it can be Leukemia”. We prayed harder then we ever have, I begged God, I tried to negotiate, I screamed, I cried, I beat my steering wheel and then I got it together and patiently waited for the phone call. Within an hour of her doing bloodwork we got the call that we need to immediately get to Women's and Children's Hospital in Lafayette, LA and an oncologist would be waiting our arrival. Brantlee kissed her siblings and her home goodbye for months that day.
After two blood transfusions, a bone marrow aspirate and a spinal tap, the doctor walked in and confirmed our worse fear.
Brantlee has ALL - acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
By January 10th at 9PM we arrived in Memphis, TN. Things are still such a blur except for the fact that my 5 year old daughter arrived by ambulance with a smile on her face and looked me in the eyes and told me she wasn't scared and “it'll be okay mommy”.
Here she is, 18 months later, still “kicking those cancer butts out”! Still with a smile on her face and fear out of sight. ALL BECAUSE OF ST. JUDE'S!
Brantlee still has about 13 months left of treatment but years of follow-ups and side effects. My family will forever be thankful for St. Jude's and all the communities, organizations, teams and people who make what they do possible! Because without any them donating I am not sure where Brantlee, or all the other innocent children of St. Jude's, would be at today.
You don't know strong until you've seen a child fight for their life...
Now, we've signed up for the St. Jude Walk/Run to help St. Jude and do our part in trying to give back and find cures for childhood cancer. I need you to help us reach our fundraising goal. Support us by making a donation or by joining my team.
Why I support St. Jude:
* Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% when we first opened our doors to 80% today. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
* St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
* Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for anything - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live