We wish that we could tell you that all children who battle cancer end up with the words “cure” or “remission”, but this isn’t always the reality.
There are stories of victory and there are also stories of pain and heartache.
You may find yourself experiencing many different emotions as you read the stories of these children.
You may also find yourself falling in love with these brave kids as you learn some important lessons about your life.
We hope you will take some time and read about the stories of these courageous children and teenagers who are literally fighting for their lives every day.
Angelo Pacheco’s Story…
Angelo Pacheco was diagnosed with monosomy 7/pre leukemia which is MDS in October of 2009.
Since he was diagnosed he has been getting worse.
He was never able to go to school or do things that a normally little boy could do.
July 2012 things turned to the worse in which Angelo needing many blood and platelet transfusions to led the doctors to start thinking about a bone marrow transplant.
On March 7, 2013 Angelo got his bone marrow transplant in which we all pray that it took 100%.
Through all our bumpy roads Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation has helped me and my family with a lot of things we needed help with when a family is going through a time like this.
Bills were getting very hard on us with a one person income but they were wonderful in helping us in anyway they can. I would like to send out a BIG thank you to Cindy Reitz, with the foundation, for always taking my phone calls and most of all being so friendly in this time of our lives.
Thank you again RMCCF The Cain and Pacheco Family
In February 2011, one year later after experiencing sudden stroke like symptoms a brain tumor was discovered.
His surgery would reveal that his particular tumor was an aggressive Anaplastic Medulloblastoma and surgeons were only able to remove a portion of it.
Immediate action was taken and a plan put into place, Dalton would have to endure a full year of radiation and chemotherapy.
After 10 months of treatment we were blessed to know that the remaining tumor had responded well to treatment and was not showing any signs of existence.
Dalton turned 18 while fighting brain cancer and fought every step of the way, never declining treatment no matter how sick it made him and how painful it was every day. He is an inspiration not only to his family and friends but to those children who are fighting cancer.
He is currently making the most of his precious gift of life.
One day at treatment we were told that a special foundation wanted to reach out and help us with a financial gift. We are so amazed that the individuals at RMCCF are so thoughtful
and generous to complete strangers.
The extra financial help kept us up to date on bills, keeping our heads above water. With our focus on Dalton beating cancer, the RMCCF gave us the inspiration to keep fighting.
Update for Dalton…
It is with heavy hearts that we have to inform you that Dalton’s cancer came back and Dalton passed away in March 2013.
We send our love and prayers out to his family and friends.
Thank you Dalton for touching our lives with your love and caring attitude towards others.
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
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.