Everyday is a MIRACLE
Miracles happen every day. Not just at holy places or remote country villages halfway across the globe; they happen right here.
We would like to share a few of the stories from kids that we have helped over the years. These kids are happy, positive and full of awe and inspiration — in spite of what they are going through or have been through.
You may also find yourself falling in love with these brave kids as you learn some important lessons about life. We hope you will take some time and read about the stories of these courageous children and teenagers who are literally living inspirations for all of us.
Now for the rest of the stories…
Mac was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in November 2013 at seven months old.
Because his cancer was considered high risk, he stayed as inpatient at Children’s Hospital for four months while he did four cycles of intense chemotherapy.
When Mac was diagnosed and started treatment I quit working to stay at the hospital with him full time, his Mother told us. He was a nursing infant and needed 24 hour care.
Mac is going on three years old and in remission!
We are so grateful for the Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation. We reached out for financial assistance and they helped with one of our most significant bills!
The financial strain that treatment and staying in the hospital can cause is immense. Having that bill taken care of was such a blessing to us.
It’s so incredible what they do for the families in need.
We will be forever grateful and hope to pay it forward.
When you are told, “Your child has cancer,” it is devastating to the whole family.
In the case of this week’s 7Everyday Hero, the news was quickly turned into a way to help others.
Jared Johnston, 25, is fighting a disease only about 190 people in the world have.
“It is Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis,” said Jared’s dad, Mark Johnston.
That has meant many brain surgeries and chemo treatments.
The disease may be serious enough to limit Jared’s speech and ability to walk for long periods of time, but not his determination to help other young people facing cancer.
“I just felt I should give back,” said Jared.
Jared helps by raising money and awareness for the Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation. The nonprofit helps families overwhelmed with expenses that often come when a child faces cancer.
Jared is known for his sense of humor, but it is his commitment to help others that impresses people the most.
“He has grabbed the bull by the horns and said: ‘Hey, I am going to fight through this. I am going to figure this thing out.’ He has been a real inspiration to a lot of people,” said Jared’s dad, Mark.
On January 18th 2011, our family received the startling news that Justin had cancer. We were all shocked and devastated beyond belief. At 17 Justin was a senior in high school, this was supposed to be the best year of his life.
The official diagnosis is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. He immediately underwent surgery to have a port placed in his chest so he could begin his long and arduous treatment protocol.
Justin is considered “High Risk” due to his age at diagnosis, this means his treatment will be longer than standard. If things go according to plan he will receive 3 years and 4 months of harsh chemicals.
He also has frequent spinal taps to inject chemo into his spinal fluid along with taking oral chemo meds daily.
Although Justin is doing very well now, the first 8 months of his treatment were very difficult and scary. We spent the majority of our time at the clinic/hospital instead of in our home.
The meds caused Justin to become very ill. He developed drug induced hyperglycemia resulting in insulin injections 3-4 times per day. He contracted a stomach virus that contributed to him losing 36 pounds, more than 20% of his body weight.
He was also admitted to ICU for pancreatitis.
Needless to say our family spent a significant amount of time in the hospital during front line treatment. We were unable to work consistently and the bills were mounting. This is where RMCCF stepped in, we filled out an application and within days Cindy was in the office asking what they could do to help.
They not only provided financial support, but emotional support as well.
We are so thankful to RMCCF for their continued support. When things start to feel hopeless, they are always there to provide that hope and make life feel more normal again.
The Hauck Family