Today I am taking a turn from my normal subject of food to discuss something that is very hard to discuss, but needs to be shared.
As many of you know, I did a post a few months back in which I was preparing food for Mommy and Daddy S for baby girl S’s little arrival. :) She is now 4 months old, and quite a happy little girl.
However, on Thanksgiving, Mommy and Daddy S announced that baby S – her name is Cambria, in case you were wondering, has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. As you can imagine, Mommy and Daddy S are absolutely crushed…but being the kind of people that they are, they are remaining positive and bright admist it all. The good news is that they found it very, very early. Their pediatrician is amazing, and we just so happen to live close to Washington D.C., and as such, Cambria is able to receive treatment at National Children’s Medical Center. Neuroblastoma is also, I guess, “the” cancer you’d want…if you wanted cancer (which no one does), because it has a very good rate of going into remission, and is actually curable. That’s not a word to use lightly with the “big C.” But it’s possible. And if they hadn’t found this until she was much older, her life would be very different. For now, she’s just a bubbly 4 month old baby that has a bunch of new people paying attention to her and giving her lots of hugs. She has no idea what cancer even is, and that is a blessing in and of itself.
On top of all of that, the people around Mommy and Daddy S are pulling together to support them in any way they can, and the outpouring of support and prayers has been an awesome thing to watch. I am honored that they are my friends, that I know little Cambria, and I am inspired by their strength. :) I can’t even imagine what they are going through.
BUT! I can gain insight. And so can you. Mommy and Daddy S have set up a blog that will detail, for the coming months, Cambria’s fight with this cancer, as it looks as though she will more than likely be going through chemo (something babies are more tolerant of than adults, so it would seem). The blog is written from both Mommy and Daddy S’s perspectives, and it is quite insightful, as well as a great way to stay updated with the goings-on, as there are so many people inquiring.
The internet is an amazing thing these days! So many people can stay connected, share struggles, help each other, and do a bunch of other amazing things.
So today I come to you as a friend of these remarkable parents and this wonderful little baby, and ask for your support in helping them. A cousin of the family set up a donation fund for baby Cambria to help her kick cancer’s ass. With the end of the year, all of the family’s insurance deductibles (their plan has recently been downgraded after the Affordable Care Act’s implementation as well) will be reset to $0, and as you can imagine Mommy S (the breadwinner and only working parent) is not able to work much. Between pregnancy and maternity leave, she is basically out of PTO, so they’re taking a big hit. Any assistance possible is needed, and if there was any time to contribute to a good cause, this would be it. Help these parents help their baby. :) And help make the struggle ahead a bit easier, if you can. If nothing else, Mommy and Daddy S have asked for prayers for baby Cambria. So even if you can’t contribute financially, you can contribute spiritually.
(Cambria on Thanksgiving)