May is Brain Tumor Awareness month. As many of you know, my granddaughter Cinnamon Rose is a brain tumor survivor. Her tumor was discovered when she was 18 months old. It was inoperable, but thanks to new chemo drugs and protocols for children, Cinnamon underwent chemo treatments, and after 18 months of that, she was tumor free. She will turn 12 next month and is still tumor free. My cousin's granddaughter has not been so lucky. Her tumors were discovered 5 years ago, and after surgery and many months of chemo, she was thought to have won the battle. Unfortunately, her tumors returned in an even more aggressive state. As of today, Caitlin will be leaving the hospital tomorrow to face end-of-life care at home. Please pray for Caitlin. Please pray also for her mom and dad, who are undergoing the worst that life can throw at any parents, and for her brother and grandparents, who love Caitlin so very much. And please support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,www.curethekids.org . They fund research on new meds and other treatments for children with brain tumors while also supporting the families of these young patients. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children, surpassing even leukemia. Thanks for reading this, and thanks for your prayers and help.
May 17, 2012
Today I received the following news: "May 17, 2013, 8:27am, Caitlin breathed her last breath here on Earth. She earned her Angel wings and is at peace now." Please keep Meri, Jim, little Jackob, and Caitlin's grandparents and family in your thoughts as they go through the difficult days ahead. Thank you.