Why CampOut for Cancer?
We are camping out for cancer to help bring awareness to how much value camp plays in the lives of children and families affected with cancer. We didn’t realize what impact Camp Trillium had on families until we recently became part of it all. (more…)
I’ve been thinking hard on how best to CampOut for Cancer. I’ve considered camping out in a yurt, going backpacking up north, having a giant bonfire or just camping in the backyard. But something wasn’t working for me, wasn’t connecting and feeling right. I then started to reflect on why I’ve been having so much trouble coming up with a place to celebrate Camp Trillium for the day. I couldn’t find a place that would help me feel like I am at Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium isn’t just a place for me and my family. Camp Trillium isn’t just a place for kids and families with cancer to go, get away and enjoy the outdoors. Yes, Camp Trillium is a beautiful place, but that isn’t what calls to me. Camp Trillium calls to my heart. It speaks my language of love—one full of joy, laughter and fun. It is home. (more…)
On August 31, 2004, our family was changed forever. Our youngest daughter, Kristen Hope, then 19 months old, was diagnosed with Leukemia —cancer of the blood. That day we embarked on a journey that has taken us places we never would have imagined, and sometimes pray to forget. Childhood cancer is one of life’s cruellest tragedies, innocence is stripped away, families are thrown into turmoil, siblings are devastated, finances are uncertain, and life will never be the same again. (more…)
In September 2007, our lives were ripped apart in less than 24 hrs. After what I thought was a routine doctors appointment and blood work, we received a call. “A bed is ready at McMaster – you need to get your child to the hospital ASAP”. (more…)
It was a cold day in November and my son Anthony was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It was a Monday, a Monday that I will never forget! His pediatrician on the spot told me he had all the symptoms of Leukemia. She immediately called Sick Kids to inform them that she was sending my son right away. The drive to Sick Kids seemed hours long, but it was only 20 mins. The whole drive down, I kept looking back at Anthony who was looking almost life less. I kept reaching over to him, in my mind pleading to the higher up….PLEASE DON’T TAKE HIM AWAY FROM ME! (more…)
Our story starts with our eldest son. He was diagnosed with liver damage and severe anemia. Because of complications from the liver transplant, we stayed with him for almost a year in the hospital. He enjoyed about a year at home with frequent hospital visits before having to be scheduled for a bone marrow transplant. He then passed away due to complications. He was almost eleven.
Close your eyes for a minute and take a moment to imagine hearing the words “she has cancer”. Imagine being told that she has Stage Four High Risk Neuroblastoma. Imagine the doctors telling you they found an 8 cm mass just above her kidney, 3 cm mass under her sternum, spots in the right femur, left knee, along the bottom of her lungs and up and down her spine. They had done a bone marrow aspiration and found 55% cancer on her right side and 35-40% on her left side. Now imagine “She” was your three and a half year old daughter. (more…)