My Story

Gold Rush Cure!

Up until May 2006 I was a kid like any other. I filled my time with video games,soccer,computer,& having fun. The day after my 13th birthday in May '06, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia.

*After 20 months of aggressive treatment,2 Bone Marrow Transplants,3 relapses,16 months inpatient, Christian passed on 12/29/07 with our family at his bedside.

*Please pray for our family and be thankful for yours!

Considering Christian had been exceptionally healthy his entire life with perfect attendance (or close to it) every year of school, the diagnosis of Leukemia came as such a total shock. It still is. I noticed a few bruises but thought it was just some virus and increased his vits. A week later he came home from spending the night at a friends house (his 13th birthday was the day before) and was tired and feverish. He took a shower and got ready to go to bed when I noticed over 30 huge new bruises on his legs. It shocked me! I called the doc first thing in the morning and requested a full blood panel. We got the call that evening that further testing was required. I knew what they were thinking but prayed it was something else. They actually thought it was a virus for many reasons. A bone marrow aspirate was done the next am and it came back positive for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. When we got this bad news, we all prayed right then for God to heal him and use us to help others some way through this. We have received bad news many times since his dx, but the toughest news came on June1st. We were told that many of Christian's cancer cells contain too few chromosomes (called near-hyploidy) and chemo will not cure his cancer. This occurs in less than 1% of leukemic patients. It is the rarest form of leukemia. The only treatment is a bone marrow transplant. We got great news that Kendall and Garrett are donor matches with Christian. Garrett will be used because he is bigger and a boy. He actually thanked God when he found this out. Kendall was sad it wasn't going to be her. God has blessed us with wonderful kids! Since then, Christian has undergone more 'procedures'/chemo than you can imagine. He has been very sick and in the hospital for about 5 weeks so far. After researching many hospitals/doc's who offer this treatment, God lead us to Seattle's Fred Hutch. We feel confident in them. We just arrived here Monday 7/24/06 (Garrett's 11th birthday) via a private jet my awesome patients arranged. I cannot tell you how proud I am of Christian's strength, courage and faith he has shown. He is an inspiration to me. I have cried a lot since May but I have a lot of hope. It is so difficult to see someone you love more than life itself going through this. We are very positive and know God will heal him. We are blessed with the most supportive family and friends. We thank God daily for all of your selfless acts of giving blood, bringing meals, carpooling, taking Garrett and Kendall, sending things to Christian and the kids, supporting us, the wonderful emails, and the numerous prayers that are offered up for Christian and our family. You don't know how much it means to us. Please continue to pray for Christian's total healing without side effects, for our family to get through this, and for God to use us/this challenge however He wishes. You may email us at barker-5@cox.net or leave a message for us on this site.

Thanks again for your support and prayers. Appreciate and Hug your kids often!! They are blessings!!

Love, Sandy and family

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to every single mom!  It is a priceless blessing!!And I want to send a huge (((hug))) to those moms who have a child in heaven."On Mother's Day I can ... Read more

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Know I'm always here praying.Psalms 71:1-3 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: ... Read more

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