Ellie is just like every other Mom in that she juggles all sorts of things, from kids’ schedules to work/life balance. Except she does it all while caring for a child with cancer. On her own blog, she tells stories of her family’s day-to-day with style, grace, and compassion.
Today, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, and especially the Moms who have the added complexity of pediatric cancer, we’ve decided to let her tell a Mother’s Day story on the St. Baldrick’s blog.
For Robyn, Mother’s Day has never been the same since she lost her son Keaton to neuroblastoma 18 years ago. Read on for a special message she has for the other moms who share her pain on Mother’s Day.
Robyn embraces Keaton in the backyard.
It was an early November morning after 22 hours of labor when I looked into the most beautiful brown eyes I had ever seen.
At that moment, I knew my life had changed forever. We named him Keaton and he was going to make his mark in this world.
As Keaton took his first breath, I never in my wildest nightmares imagined I would witness his last.
2012 Ambassador Sarah’s childhood cancer journey was nothing less than difficult. But through it all, she had the constant support from her mom. Read Sarah’s sweet letter to her mom for Mother’s Day.
Sarah was diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia in August 2003.
Where do I even begin to thank you for all you have given and done for me? To be honest, it’s a little daunting.
2013 Ambassador Emily is living it up in the Big Apple as a student at New York University. Meanwhile, her mom is on the other side of the country in California. Despite the distance, Emily made sure her mom is feeling loved for Mother’s Day — read Emily’s touching letter below.
Emily and her mom have a close relationship.
First off, happy Mother’s Day! I love you so much, which I hope you already know. I hope you can understand how difficult it is for me to write this letter because you (and Dad and Max) mean more to me than everything in the world.
2013 Ambassador Avery has been fighting a brain tumor since she was 8. Her mom, Stephanie, has been by her side every step of the way. Read what Stephanie has to say about how childhood cancer has changed her job as a mom.
Stephanie smiles with her husband and four children on a recent trip to Disneyland.
I always wanted to be a mom, and I have always taken my role as a mother to heart. But now, I’m an advocate for my kids, too.
2013 Ambassador Avery has had one wild ride during her childhood cancer experience. Read an update on how she’s keeping her “can do” attitude throughout her relapse, clinical trial, and everything in between.
While news of a brain tumor might stop some people from having a positive outlook on life, that’s not the case for 2013 Ambassador Avery.
“Some people get cancer and others don’t,” she said. “This is just what I have to deal with.”
Nicole’s son Miles passed away last March, after fighting medulloblastoma and persevering bravely through a host of other challenges for four years. As Mother’s Day approaches, Nicole contemplates what the holiday — and every day with her boys — means to her.
The Root family sits for a portrait.
Sunday is Mom’s Day. That’s what is noted on the calendar. We see it advertised everywhere and acknowledge it as a day to honor our mothers. We will do the same next month for dads.
To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t really noticed until about two weeks ago when our grief counselor reminded me.
We talk a lot about the parents of children with cancer, but they’re not the only ones whose roles take on new meaning when their child is diagnosed. Ambassador Chase’s mom, Ellie, gives thanks to her mom, Chase’s “Grammie,” for the way she’s loved and supported their whole family through childhood cancer and all of life’s ups and downs.
As a mother, from the first moment you hold your child — no, from the first moments you know they’re expected — you seek to protect them. You carry them and love them and do everything you can from first breath to stand between them and the hurt and pain in the world.
Lori Del Vecchio is the mother of two boys and a girl, Emily, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2011. Emily passed away a couple days before Mother’s Day just a year later. With the holiday on the horizon, Lori reflects on how Mother’s Day has changed.
Lori with her two sons and Emily during the little girl’s Make a Wish trip.
When 2013 Ambassador Avery was diagnosed with a brain tumor, her mom was her biggest support. Now 12 and two years post-treatment, Avery shares her sweet letter to her mom for Mother’s Day.Dear Mom,
I love you because you love me.
Thank you for teaching me how to sew, taking me to piano and helping me when I had cancer. You are the best mom in the world.
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