I Clip Because...
Kids can't fight cancer alone.
This is Mya. She was born in China. As an infant, she was found abandoned in a park across the street from a hospital. Doctors discovered she had a tumor in her pelvis. She was taken to an orphanage.
From the records we have, we know the tumor grew rapidly and Mya began having constant fevers. The orphanage sought assistance from a special care unit in the same city. Our paths intersected when the care unit’s sponsor, Show Hope: A Movement to Care for Orphans, posted a prayer request on its website. On March 1, 2013, we read that fated prayer request: for Mya to find a forever family and healing, despite a diagnosis ofstage 4 cancer.
We immediately fell in love with Mya from seeing her photograph, and realized that we had everything she needed. We could offer her the love of a family, and our city has a children’s hospital. We reached out to the agency to start the adoption process. A week into the process, we received a call reporting a grim prognosis: Mya’s doctors in China said she would not live as long as the adoption process would take. After brainstorming for options, we contacted Norton Children’s Hospital, which agreed to assume Mya’s care. This enabled her to get a medical visa to come to the United States. She arrived in Louisville on May 7, 2013.
One day after she arrived, Mya was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital for the first of many hospitalizations that would take place over the following 10 months. She received a thorough evaluation of her disease, followed by intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ultimately, she underwent two 10-hour surgeries that would remove all of the cancer. Every time Mya was hospitalized, our entire family was treated with care. All of us truly felt at home in the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital, and called it our “home away from home.”
It has been two years since the end of Mya’s treatment for stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma. She remains cancer-free. She is now living the life of a typical toddler. She attends preschool, loves to play outside, enjoys the constant companionship of four siblings and always manages to elicit a smile from anyone she meets. We are so grateful that we live in a city where treatment for pediatric cancer is available!
To read Mya's full story, click here.
Cancer can't stop hope.
This is Addison. She was diagnosed with leukemia on March 5, 2012, at the young age of 4 months. She spent the next 11 months at Norton Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments, radiation and three bone marrowtransplants. Addison went into remission and was discharged from Norton Children’s Hospital in February 2013. She spent the next eight months living life to the fullest at home with her family. In October 2013, her family was devastated to learn the leukemia was back. Addison celebrated her second birthday at Norton Children’s Hospital undergoing more chemotherapy treatments. Her family learned the chemo wasn’t working and she was too weak for a fourth bone marrow transplant.Addison went on her wish trip to Disney World in November 2013, but it ended early with the hospital’s “Just for Kids”Transport Team picking her family up in Orlando and bringing them back to Norton Children’s Hospital. Addison passed peacefully with her family, friends and the hospital’s extended family around her.
Addison mom, Rachel, emphasizes the importantance of supporting Norton Children’s Hospital and Chili’s Clip for Kids because all of the funds raised stay right here in our community."Norton Children’s Hospital has so many great programs for cancer patients and their families, including art therapy projects, baking, music therapy, monthly sibling meetings and other child life therapyservices. We are immensely grateful to Norton Children’s Hospital and encourage your participation and donations tosupport kids with cancer," said Rachel and Daniel Miles, Addison’s parents.
I can make a difference.
This is Peyton. When your child isn’t feeling well, taking him to the doctor for some medicine and a doctor’s note is what any parent expects.For me, it was quite a different experience when we took our 8-year-old son, Peyton, to the doctor for a low-grade fever and feeling tired. Instead, our doctor referred us to Norton Children’s Hospital for a blood transfusion. Call it a mother’s intuition, but I knew something was wrong. After an evening of tests and questions, Peyton, who was perfectly healthy up until this point, was admitted to the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital. The following morning, our family was given the diagnosis: leukemia. When we delivered the news to Peyton that he had cancer, his response was, “You mean like the bracelets people wear?” That day — May 25, 2012 — was etched in our minds forever. Peyton is now 10. He has endured three surgeries, bone marrow aspirations, countless lumbar punctures to receive chemotherapy around his brain, thousands of pokes, at least 10 different chemotherapy treatments and has lost his hair twice.Thankfully, the loving nurses and staff at Norton Children’s Hospital have made this process easier. Peyton actually loves going to Norton Children’s Hospital because it literally has become his second home.
Keeping funds here in Louisville is a must, and Chili’s Clip for Kids does that. Having Norton Children’s Hospital, one of the best pediatric hospitals in the country, right here in our community to ensure our children have the best chance at a healthy life is something that cannot be taken for granted. Peyton now has a chance at life! Thank you, Norton Children’s Hospital!
–Michelle Abernathy, Peyton’s mom