September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 6, 2010 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Taylor Brooks. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Taylor’s Fund.
At the start of the summer of 2007, Taylor Brooks was a normal teenage girl getting ready for the start of her freshman year in high school. She enjoyed playing soccer, taking guitar lessons, and being a first degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. She loved reading and listening to the thousands of songs on her iPod. However, she had been feeling poorly for several months, and although dieting and losing weight, had not lost anything in her stomach. After a trip to her pediatrician, she was immediately sent to Scottish Rite, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, where after being admitted and going through rounds of test and surgeries, she was diagnosed on Friday, July 13, 2007 with stage 4 cancer. Specifically – she was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, a rare cancer that normally affects boys instead of girls. By the time we found it, the cancer was already in her stomach, bones, liver and lungs. The doctors at Scottish Rite began her on intensive chemotherapy that would last 5 days at a time, and did this for several months – basically until her body could not recover well enough from each round. At that point, we had to find something else. However, her cancer was so rare we couldn’t find too many treatment options. We finally found one that had been studied on two patients and decided to try it. This treatment allowed her to do out-patient chemotherapy each Monday. As we found out later, it didn’t work, but it did allow Taylor a better quality of life for some of the last few remaining months she had.
While undergoing her treatments, Taylor displayed a generosity of spirit beyond belief. After her outpatient chemo sessions, she would take treats to the inpatient unit for the children and their families to share. When she found out that the Cancer Center was full on Thanksgiving Day, she realized it could be like that during Christmas so organized a Holiday Party complete with presents for the patients and their families, and a dinner donated by a local Chick-Fil-A (who also brought their cow to visit the patients). Her selflessness led to donations to Scottish Rite that resulted in Playstations, TVs and DVDs, as well as computers and portable workstations for the new Aflac Cancer Center at Scottish Rite.
In March, 2008, Taylor relapsed for a final time. Before leaving the hospital for home hospice care, she was honored for her actions by cutting the ribbon on the new Aflac Cancer Center. She won her place in Heaven on April 1, 2008, with her family at her side. Her life was too brief but well lived. Taylor was a perfect example of making lemonade out of the lemons she was handed. She chose to make a difference to other children going through the same terrible battle as her. She touched many through her actions and continues to be an inspiration to all who hear her story.
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 Taylor’s Fund.
Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.