Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on March 27, 2007
In March 2007, I picked up Grier in the carpool line at his preschool, and he told me all about his day and how he raced his friends on the playground. A few days later, we were admitted to our local hospital for tests because Grier had a tummy ache that kept reoccurring and a limp that occurred overnight. We were later told after a lot of tests that Grier had a large tumor growing in his abdomen and our long journey began. Grier was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on March 27, 2007. He underwent intensive treatment including 7 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, blood and platelet transfusions (too many to count), numerous surgeries—including a 10 hour surgery completed in October 2007 to remove the tumor, radiation, and a clinical trial called 3F8 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC.
We need to make sure pediatric cancer is funded so better treatments can be found as well as early detection and prevention. Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a great way to encourage people to make a difference by doing something so easy like holding a bake sale! I truly believe if it takes a village to raise a child than it will also take a village to find a CURE for pediatric cancer.