On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, the day that would forever change our lives, we were told that our daughter Jessica who was only 5 years old at the time has cancer. Hearing those word your child has cancer is a parents worst nightmare. We were told we needed to go to the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center immediately because the CT scan showed Jessica had a large mass (about 7 cm) in the S2 vertebrae of her spine. Once we arrived at the hospital more scans, bone marrow tests, biopsies and surgery to implant a port were done to determine what type and stage of cancer we were dealing with. It took about 2 weeks to confirm that Jessica had a Stage 3 high grade Ewing's Sarcoma. After the official diagnosis Jessica started chemotherapy. Jessica's treatment plan consisted of 14 rounds of high dose chemotherapy every 2 weeks which had to be done inpatient in the hospital and 30 rounds of radiation. Jessica finished her treatments in February of 2010. Every 3 months after that Jessica has an appointment with her oncologist and a MRI to confirm she is still in remission. This year in March Jessica will celebrate her 5th year of bring cancer free!
During this journey we have met many great people and organizations that not only have touched are lives for the better but also reminded us that there are still so many great people in this world. Because of organizations like St. Baldrick's that fund research for childhood cancer Jessica will celebrate her 5th year of being cancer free this March! We will never stop believing that one day all childhood cancer will be cured.
Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.