Kansas was born on Wednesday, September 22, 2004. From day one, Kansas was the best baby ever. She has always been happy, always laughing, always smiling. She has been such a joy to everyone that knows her. Kansas is the type of child that loves everyone and never meets a stranger. She has a personality that everyone hopes for in their children. She is the most loving child and her favorite things are babies, baby dolls and our yorkie, Sofie.
On April 21, 2008, our lives changed forever. We were told that our precious little girl had Bilateral Wilms Tumor (cancer in both kidneys). About 500 children are diagnosed with Wilms Tumor each year. Only about 5% of those are bilateral. We knew our lives would never be the same. The next day, we were sent to Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital to be admitted. Kansas had surgery to insert a port-a-cath and started chemo the following day. After six weeks of chemo, her tumors (2 in the left kidney, 1 in the right) had shrunk enough to go ahead and have surgery. We then left and went to St. Jude Children's Hospital for surgery to remove all three tumors, along with most of her left kidney, a small part of her right kidney and surrounding lympnodes. After surgery, Kansas completed a 28 week chemo protocol and is currently in remission.
Kansas has taken this entire journey better than anyone else. She is such a trooper and has been such an inspiration to so many. We love her and can't imagine our lives without her. Our hope is that everyone will continue to pray for Kansas and all of the other children and their families that have been affected by cancer. We thank you all for your loving support and pray that one day soon there will be a cure for all childhood cancers!