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Christian’s 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

Latest Journal Update

9 Years ago today - "Your child has cancer"

Today is the anniversary that Gary and I were told “Your child has cancer” when Christian was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia (the day after his 13th birthday). Our lives were changed forever that day. Over the next 20 months, Christian endured 16+ months in the hospital, 2 bone marrow transplants, 3 relapses, numerous surgeries and procedures, tons of chemo, total body irradiation, over 50 bone marrow aspirates, hundreds of transfusions, months of isolation, acute Graft vs Host Disease, hemorrhaging,liver failure, etc. As horrific as this was, he endured it all with the courage of a faithful warrior!! My quiet son fought for his life!!! Every day I was amazed at what his poor body had to withstand, yet he continued to get up and fight on because he had such a strong will to live. It obviously saddened him that he had to go through all of this, yet he never complained...he prayed alot! He inspired so many people including myself. How blessed I am to have on eof the biggest inspirations in my life be my own child!

There are so many other amazing kids battling cancer just like Christian did. The non-profit foundation that Gary and I founded (GoldRush Cure Foundation) focuses on bringing happiness and encouragement to kids battling cancer through our Pot of Gold program, while also advocating for kids battling cancer on a legislative level (our government does almost nothing for childhood cancer). Please visit and ‘LIKE’ our fb page Gold Rush Cure Foundation,share this post, and consider donating to our all-volunteer 501c3 foundation(www.goldrushcure.org). We will continue our work to help other kids battling cancer, but we need your help to do it. It feels good to celebrate the life and legacy of not only Christian, but the many other kids who have also had cancer by helping the kids currently battling the disease.

-Sandy Barker

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Lynn Worley
By Lynn Worley
Know that I'm praying in Seattle.
Psalms 139:4-6 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Lynn Worley
By Lynn Worley
Been praying extra hard these last two days! Such hard memories to deal with!
True help comes from the Lord!
Psalms 40:16-17 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
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Ray Boyer
By Joan Boyer
There are no words. Please know and feel the LOVE we send you and your family. Love you!
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Julie Sharp
By Julie Sharp
My prayers are with you. And with every family that has heard the same words. I pray that each child has the opportunity to live out a long life and show the world their potential. They deserve to have a chance.
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