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Heroes of RVA 

A deep dive into the realities of childhood cancer as told by parents, siblings, and care providers at the Children's Hospital of VCU.  $14k was raised during the month-long campaign to support Connor's Heroes Foundation, a local non-profit that provides emotional and financial support to families impacted by childhood cancer. 


"He’d had no symptoms at all before that; he had barely missed a day of school that year. So his doctor sent us for an ultrasound. He said, 'it could be something, it could be nothing.' "


"This is pretty much our new normal. It’s kinda hard to remember what life was like before Lauren got sick."


"I actually have a bit of a queasy stomach. When I told my mom that I wanted to go to nursing school, she laughed.  She said, 'you still freak out when you get shots.' "


"When I tell people my son has Leukemia, they almost sound relieved.  But a 90% survival rate is not 100%.  If your kid ends up being the 10%, that 90% doesn’t really matter, does it?  And we have to face that."


"Ellie is proof that there’s a bigger story. She is living, breathing, evidence that sometimes, hope shows up disguised as heartbreak."


“After Abbie got sick, she began talking about wanting a sister. She wanted us to adopt another little girl, and she wouldn’t let it go. It actually took us three years to find out that we could go to Hungary and get Melissza"

*Trigger warning: this post talks about the death of a child.


"As doctors, we don’t always have answers. But if I don’t have the answer, then I tell them that. And I also promise them that I won’t stop working until I find it.  Because that’s exactly what I would want someone to do for my boys."


"We were there for another blood transfusion. That’s when Dr. Weidl asked to talk to me alone in the next room.  She fumbled around for words for a few seconds, and then began to cry." 

*Trigger warning: this post talks about the death of a child.

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