Kids like Abbigail have the miraculous ability to spread joy, even during the most trying of times. We need prayers, she’s been in the hospital more than any toddler should be this past year but today I am pleading for more than your prayer and support.
In addition to prayers, we need sponsors right now. Abbigail turns three years old in just five weeks and she’s been fighting since she was just a baby and to be brutally honest, the road cancer takes you on is lonely, expensive and scary!
In Ottawa and the area, we are lucky to have CHEO in our “backyards” to run to when our child has had a fever for days or broke a bone winning that soccer game. For some families and children it is more though…for far too many, CHEO becomes a home, a place they find comforting not daunting. For us, that is what CHEO has become and for so many other families we know too. For our kids, this hospital brings smiles to their scared little faces as they receive yet an other round of chemo or are being poked for the fifth time this week. These kids find comfort in the nurses and staff that care for them and love them. The child life specialists here make their 8 hour visit go by quickly with fun, games and often surprises of all kids. Abbigail never fails to make them smile but they do the same for her. Just last week after surgery she I soared on seeing her nurse before leaving so down we went to the clinic and Abbigail quickly smiled when she saw her lovely nurses and she walked out of there hugging a new dolly they have her to cuddle on the way home. CHEO offers comfort to these kids who sadly require weekly visits instead of weekly swim practice or soccer games. CHEO is part of who they are and for some, like Abbigail, CHEO is all they know.
On our journey this year we found ourselves often lost, afraid and alone. It wasn’t long before we realized the amazing organizations out there to help us. The Ronald McDonald House was our home for the three longest weeks of our life last year. That home took us in free of charge and provided us with a loving caring comforting and most importantly understanding environment where we could stay together as a family in site where Abbigail and I were. William was able to see his sister and be with us. Matthew could stay with Abbigail late at night and walk back to the house rather than drive to hotels or stay with family further away.
Candlelighters Ottawa has eased the financial burden and given our family opportunities to spend extra special time together not worrying about cancer and its woes. They pay for our parking at the hospital; which is a great burden as you may know when you calculate our weekly sometimes bi-weekly all day stays. And try sent our family to see Disney on Ice in a safe environment.
CHEO’s staff saved our daughter’s life and are still working hard to bring her back to us to this day and Ronald McDonald and Candlelighters are lifelines in this journey I couldn’t imagine not having. They know what families like us and children like Abbigail need when we do not even know yet…for that we will forever be grateful ad for this we want to give back!
On May 5th, in honor of our daughter, her fight and continuing battle and her third birthday (May 6) we are cycling/walking in the CN Cycle for CHEO as a family to raise much needed awareness for childhood cancer and funds that will directly affect children like Abbigail and her new friends! Please consider sponsoring our family and making a donation in her honour.
Click to Sponsor Kisses For Abbigail Team either through Mama or Dada
Let’s show Abbigail we stand with her, and with ALL kids facing cancer.