Part 1: On February 27, 2007 Erin had to check in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Part 2: On February 10, 2011 Erin came to the Irish with her new little sister expecting a clean bill of health for her regular check up. Her cancer returned.
Part 3: After her successful bone marrow transplant using her baby sister's cord blood, Erin's cancer has returned for the third time.
Erin was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on February 27, 2007 when she was just a little over 3. She went through 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. On June 28, 2009 she had what was thought to be her last dose of chemo.
She was clear for 19 months during which time she and her big sister, Annie, became a big sister to little Mary. Mary came as a surprise and we found out there was more to her than just adding to our family.
On February 10, 2011 we found out that Erin's cancer returned. Thanks to the advice of Dr. Jeff Auletta we had saved Mary's cord blood. We found out that even though the chances were so slim, Mary was Erin's perfect match for her necessary bone marrow transplant.
From February 10th through early June Erin went through intense chemotherapy and total body radiation. On June 7, 2011, she received her sister's cord blood in her bone marrow transplant. She was released to go home on July 30th and had been recovering beautifully until March 2, 2012.
Erin had another routine checkup that discovered once again the return of her leukemia.
Now she begins her battle for the third time with her same relentless spirit and faith in success
March 5th - Tonight as our family is blessed with good health, we are reaching out to you to help another family in need.
Keira is a fellow Leukemia fighter of Erin's. She was just a newborn when we met her and her parents as she was diagnosed for the 1st time in 2011. She went through 2 1/2 years of treatment and was doing well. A few short months ago, right after her 3rd birthday on Christmas Eve this past year, it was discovered that Keira's Leukemia had returned. Today she and her family are facing the long and difficult road to a bone marrow transplant.
We started Champions for Hope in 2011 as our family's way to give back after all the support we received during Erin's battles. It led to an amazing evening at Cleveland's Severance Hall that raised enough money to donate $125,000 to University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for their new bone marrow transplant rooms.
Champions for Hope has contributed to more than the new rooms. We have also donated to other transplant families locally, helping them pay bills, have Christmas, and make life during such dark times a little bit lighter.
We would like to continue down this path. We need your help!
Please go to the link below and give if you can to our Champions for Hope fund. Your donation will help lift Keira's spirits by providing funds for decorations in her hospital room and giving her family gift cards to help them through this more than difficult time.
Any donation helps. Also - PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK! Our goal was to raise $5000 for Keira's family. We are at about $2100. The fundraiser ends this Sunday - 3/9/2014. Help us get there. Help us give back. We only have a few short days left.
Also, please simply pray hard for our sweet little friend and her family. WE KNOW PRAYERS WORK.
Thank you for your continued love, support and prayers. xoxoxoxo