Update: September 26, 2016:
Our hearts are broken to learn that Lily
must battle leukemia for a second time. She finished over two years of chemo on February 21, 2011, and then had five
years, seven months and 6 days of good health. During those years she worked hard at school, and when school started
in August 2016, she was in honors courses as a sophomore in high school. She was a strong player on her school's volleyball
team. She worked tirelessly for Lily's Garden and helped to raise over a million dollars for childhood cancer research. And
then, a fever, some back pain - and the leukemia was back. The chances of relapse were LESS than half of one percent.
Yet it happened. She began treatment for a second time on Monday, September 26, 2016. Please join us in praying
as she begins a second and more intense battle against this monster.
Current Updates will be posted on her Facebook
Here's the story of Lily's first battle with leukemia: Lily was diagnosed with
Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) on December 1, 2008. Her doctor explained leukemia by telling her that the leukemia
cells were like weeds that crowd out the good flowers in a garden. For over two years, Lily went through a regimen
of daily chemotherapy and other treatments in order to kill all the weeds so that only healthy and beautiful flowers would
grow in "Lily's Garden."
Lily's story is only one out of thousands. Each
school day 46 children are diagnosed with some type of childhood cancer. Every day 7 children die of cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer almost always involves a grueling regimen of chemotherapy,
spinal taps, radiation, steroids and other medications and procedures. Years of childhood are lost to daily cancer
treatment. Children with blood cancers typically go through a minimum of two and a half years of chemotherapy
treatment. Even when the child overcomes cancer successfully, he/she is often left with major lifelong side-effects.
All too frequently, the child goes through the ordeal of treatment, only to die from either the side effects or when the treatment
doesn't work for his/her particular cancer.
These children are our future, and yet, as a nation, we don't make
it a priority to find a cure for childhood cancer.
- Cancer remains the #1 disease
killer of America’s children - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined
As a nation, we spend over $14 BILLION per year on the space
program, but only $35 MILLION on Childhood Cancer Research each year.