Dear Mark & Christmas Wish Listeners,
It’s difficult when a child has cancer. Even more difficult when the child is only 18 months old. Evalynn was diagnosed a Tumor in her brain and spine in her first month of life. At her 1-month appointment, the doctors noticed extreme head growth. Over the next few weeks, Evalynn went through MRI’s, surgeries, biopsies, and the list goes on. Over the past year, she has been going through a very intense therapy regimen, which includes IV chemotherapy requiring weekly hospital and clinic visits. Her treatment plan will then continue for at least six more months, with more weekly chemotherapy and multiple MRIs and scans.Her nurses look forward to Fridays since that is when she comes to clinic. When you get the honor to care for someone like Evalynn who is going through life-saving treatment at such a young age, it’s hard not to become family. Evalynn’s care team has gotten to see her take her first steps, learnhow to talk, and even put her tiny bit of hair into its very firstponytail while enduring her treatment. You can find her dancing and singing to her favorite song “You Say” by Lauren Daigle and has the ability to put a smile on everybody’s face. She is so brave which is quite amazing considering she has been receiving chemotherapy since she was just a month old.
Due to the pandemic, only one family member has been allowed into the hospital for her clinic visit, which has been very taxing on her parents, Brandy and Clifford, who have been with her every step of the way, even if that requires one of them staying at home with the rest of the family. They have to witness everythingEvalynn is going through which can present painful side effects. Evalynn has suffered nausea/vomiting, hair loss, and many other side effects that no 18-month-old should ever have to go through. Through it all, her family takes it one day at a time, and their ability to juggle everything that life has thrown at them is nothing short of inspiring and amazing.
Clifford and Brandy were so honored and grateful to be a part of Christmas Wish this year. They tell me Evalynn loves Sesame Street, Blippi World on YouTube, and Moana. Evaylnn would absolutely love to get a play kitchen, any outdoor toys, or baby dolls for Christmas this year. Evalynn’s older brother Lennox, is a high school and an avid gamer. He would love art supplies and an Amazon gift card. Her other brother Cade is in 5thgrade and would love games for his XBOX 1 and paintball and airsoft accessories. When her parents are not at the hospital they are working on their fixer upper house. They would love gift cards to any home improvement store, Walmart, Old Navy and Amazon. And the entire family can use time out to chow down at Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, or Wild Wing.
Evalynn and her family have spent most of her life in isolation. The chemotherapy that Evalynn receives really affects her immune system, so even small trips to can present a lot of anxiety for her family. They find a way to stay positive and uplifting, which has inspired Evalynn’s entire care team. Christmas Wish is such a blessing, giving this family a gift that can make them feel cared for through all the hardships they are enduring. Thank you for the generosity ofyour listeners.
Katie Fricks, RN
Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah
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