I write to you today about a sweet, sassy, mostly in charge little 3 year old girl named Chloe, undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Chloe and her family are no strangers to the medical world – she has been receiving some form of care for her brain tumor since she was 9 months of age.They were hopeful her chemotherapy treatment would be coming to an end, but just a few short weeks ago learned her tumor is growing yet again. The news came as an obvious disappointment for this family, but they have handled it with grace and courage as they push ahead.
Chloe’s mother, Annie, is her fiercest advocate in her medical journey.Annie does an amazing job of asking questions and helping make Chloe’s treatment be as “normal” an experience as possible for her daughter.Chloe has become pretty accustomed to her “pokeys” and clearly HATES them, but she is SO VERY BRAVE each and every time she has to have her chemo infusions.
Chloe’s family was so appreciative of being considered a Christmas Wish family.This year has been particularly tough on them emotionally – in addition to relocating to Savannah, her father, who serves in our US military, was deployed for a year over the summer.When the news came of her tumor growing, Mom had to notify him over the phone--a call no family should ever have to make.At home, Chloe is surrounded by her 6-year-old fraternal twin siblings, Logan and Madison.Her family works exceptionally hard to balance the needs of each child and not let Chloe’s cancer define them.
Chloe’s Christmas wish is anything Disney princesses, Melissa & Doug toys, a Leapfrog or Frozen items. Her brother, Logan, really wants a blue Nintendo 2DS XL, also SpiderMan items, Toy Story or Superheroes are great bets as well.Her sister, Madison, also really would love a purple Nintendo 2DS XL, princess things, Frozen lego sets, craft supplies, dress up clothes she could share with Chloe, or hatchimals.The family enjoys going to Chick-fil-A, Chicken Salad Chick or IHOP.
Mother Annie could use some relief at home with a gift card Kroger, Wal-Mart, or the ability to make purchases on Amazon for easy delivery to their home when she cannot run her errands.Chloe’s cancer diagnosis has taught them that the Lord has provided their every need and together as a family they have so much strength.They are in awe each and every day of Chloe’s strength and wish they could take on some of her burden as they know her treatment is far from over.
On behalf of the staff at the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center we sincerely thank 98.7 The River and each and every one of your listeners in our community.Each and every year we are blown away by the generosity and cannot express our gratitude fully for the differences you make in these patients and families life.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Amanda Crosby, RN, BSN, Pediatric Oncology Nurse Navigator
Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah
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