On April 21 the Tri Delta Alumnae Atlanta Chapter hosted the 29th Annual Care Affair to support CURE Childhood Cancer. The event was an evening of dinner, live music and exciting auction items including weekend getaways, fine jewelry, restaurants, spa, and entertainment options.
Amongst the auctioned items were birdhouses that were created by some of the children affected by cancer. The birdhouses raised a total of $4,100 for CURE’s cause in funding research and supporting affected families.
Below are the stories of each of the children whose birdhouses were auctioned at the event.
Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November 2009. Although Jacob has had over 100 surgeries and procedures (including over 25 spinal taps, GI, heart, ENT, eye, IV port for chemotherapy, etc.), it hasn’t stopped his energetic and loving spirit to succeed in life. He currently receives over 4 therapies a week including physical, music, occupational, speech and behavioral. Due to hard work of many people Jacob is now starting to talk, loves to read, play the piano, bells and xylophone, ride horses and participate in baseball for the Alpharetta Braves team. Jacob’s hope and dream is that society will see him for his abilities and not disabilities, as he continues to amaze everyone that he encounters in the world.
Emily came into this world fighting for her life and has had to learn to adapt to the changing battles. Since she was born she has had surgeries for a heart defect and a tracheoesophageal fistula. Then in 2011 she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia called Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then Emily has been through an especially difficult course of treatment since her type of leukemia is aggressive and difficult to treat. She continues to smile and enjoy the simple things of life like painting, playing with her sisters, or just being with family.
In 2010 Audrey, was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma at age 5. Prior to her diagnosis, Audrey had been complaining of moderate to severe leg and stomach pain that was confirmed as cancer after an ultrasound, CT, scan and biopsy. Audrey has since undergone 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 surgeries, 2 stem cell transplants with high does chemotherapy, 12 rounds of radiation, and 5 rounds of immunotherapy with antibody treatment. Fortunately, in August 2011 Audrey was declared to be in full remission with no evidence of disease. Although, Audrey does have lingering pain from time to time, she continues to thrive with a positive attitude and a silly sense of humor.
Elena is currently battling cancer for the second time. She relapsed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, in February 2012. However, no matter how bad her day may be, she still smiles and encourages those around her. Unfortunately, instead of spending time at the beach and enjoying carefree days playing with friends, Elena’s summer will be spent receiving a bone marrow transplant and fighting for her life.
Julia began treatment for cancer in 2009 and ended in 2011. Now, Julia is a healthy 11 year old who loves reading, riding her bike, playing her guitar, and fishing. She loves the beach and spending time with her dog, “Stanley”. She is an excellent student and was so brave throughout her treatment. Julia’s courage has been so inspirational and amazing, and her smile remained throughout.