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Climb. Conquer. Cure.
July 2019: After just a few weeks of unusual symptoms - easy bruising, bloody noses, extreme tiredness - we took our 6 year old son Sam to see his pediatrician. Within hours we were admitted to the emergency room and told it was likely he had leukemia. The following morning the warning had been confirmed: Sam was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (or ALL). In a matter of days, Sam went from being an energetic "normal" little boy to having a heavy medical condition labeled as "life threatening."
As we head into our next phases of treatment we realize how lucky we truly are. We have access to great healthcare; we have the financial resources needed to cover medical costs; we have flexibility in our jobs; and this type of leukemia is highly curable and initial test results give us a ton of optimism. Most importantly, Sam has been taking this all like a champ and with a resilience we strive to achieve.
Sam is the one who comforted us most during those first 10 days in the hospital. He's the one that reminds us he is still a "normal" little boy that can and should get dirty and have fun. He is the one who faces weekly "needle pokes" and brags he can now touch his port without wincing. We know Sam's bravery (and ours) will be tested throughout the next 3.5 years of treatment, but we also have all the confidence he will make it through this with a smile on his face.
I am going to compete in the Seattle Stairclimb in honor of Sam. If you feel so inclined, you can also make a donation to support more research and help other families and kids like ours. Thank you!
Ben, Lauren, Sam, Katie
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