September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 15, 2010 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Caroline Johnson. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Caroline’s Fund.
Caroline Johnson is the daughter of Charles and Nancy Johnson of Bremen and has seen a lot of adversity in her life for an eleven-year-old girl. She was born with a birth defect and had surgery the day she was born and spent almost the first month of her life at Scottish Rite. She was born with an omphalacele, which is a hole in her abdomen that allowed some of her organs to move in and out during the pregnancy and then was contained by a sack from the umbilical cord at birth. The omphalacele was repaired and she lived a normal life until the summer before she was to start kindergarten at age 5.
Caroline’s sister, Katherine, noticed a knot beside her throat and alerted their mother. Nancy took Caroline to the doctor and tests were performed and determined that it might be some type of cancer. The pediatrician got in touch with doctors at the AFLAC Cancer Center at Scottish Rite and Caroline was sent to Scottish Rite that evening. Caroline was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. This solid tumor had formed in her abdomen and had surrounded her aorta. She missed her first days of school while she was in the hospital with her first round of chemotherapy. She would end up having five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove 85% of the tumor, two stem cell transplants, radiation, and six months of accutane therapy. She missed a total of 93 days out of school for Kindergarten, but has been successful in school since that time. She has spent over 100 days of her life in the hospital at either Scottish Rite or Egleston.
For the past couple of years, she has been declared with no evidence of disease. She made her 2nd visit to the Survivor clinic this past March. She has been under the care of Dr. Bradley George at the AFLAC cancer center for the past five years. Caroline is currently a sixth grader at the Bremen Middle School and she will turn 12 in October. Caroline has had a lot of support from her family and the Bremen community. CURE has been there for our family from the beginning. On the first day we were at Scottish Rite, we received a bag full of things from CURE.
About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:
September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!
Please help us in our goal of raising $60,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.
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About CURE Childhood Cancer:
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.
The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.
Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.
Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
Donate to Caroline’s Fund.
Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.