Death of a Superhero
A Family's Story about Courage, Bravery and the Defining Moments of LOVE
Our sweet, lil' baby love lost his battle to AML Leukemia on March 8, 2010. We fought long, hard and very aggressively for 2 1/2 years, only to have his cancer come back for the fourth time to finally take his life. He was only 3 1/2 years old.
This entire blog is about Hunter's amazing journey. It's about his life and his love......his determination and his courage.......his absolutely, brilliant personality, and the affect he's had on people all over the world.
He's left an unimaginable footprint on this earth and has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. People who didn't realize how precious life was, now live it with extreme gratefulness. People who took every minute they get to spend with their children for granted, now savor every last second. And people who weren't quite sure what love is all about, now love deeper, love stronger and love with every ounce of their soul.
People all around the world have shared their love, their well wishes, their prayers and their inspiration, and we could have NEVER achieved as much as we did without them. We are humbled by their generosity & their true friendships & are forever grateful for every last person that has come into our lives through our experience with Hunter. He was our precious baby love who we loved and cherished with all our hearts and we are forever crushed and terribly, broken-hearted.
Dance in the clouds baby cakes. Mom & dad are watching proudly & you will remain so very close to our hearts for all of eternity.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
MIRACLE on Doernbecher Street
The Doc just came in and informed us that there isn't a single trace of Leukemia in Hunter's body!!!!!!!!
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu*****k YEAH!!!!!! (excuse my language)
We are still not out of the woods, but at least we've been given the chance to now enter the forest. And I have NO DOUBT that once inside, our little man is going to continue to beat this beast. Especially with all of the stealthy warriors that are standing behind him & with him, loving him, encouraging him and leading him on his path to victory.
We cannot thank you all enough. The love and support that has flooded our airways over this last week has been amazingly overwhelming and you all have gracefully lifted our spirits and relighted our flames. I am being completely honest when I say that we could NOT have done this without you. You have saved us....again....and you carried our little love......celebrating his life and cheering him on louder than a stampede of wild animals. The only thing that echoed through our hospital walls was to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT and we are forever grateful.
As of now, we'll start the conditioning for the Bone Marrow Transplant next Friday. It consists of 3 days of very intense chemo, then 4 days of radiation, then another 2 days of chemo..........a day of rest........and then Transplant. We are going with a Cord Blood unit that is a 4/6 match. We've been told that most bi-racial children go to Transplant with a 4/6 match and it's definitely considered a very good option. We'll be staying here at Doernbechers in Portland instead of going back to California and we'll be in the hospital for the next 45-60 days straight. We've decided that continuation of care and keeping Hunter stable is most important.
So the race is on. We have to get Hunter to Transplant before the Leukemia comes back again...............and believe me........we are in a full on SPRINT.....cheetah style.