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Family Finds Support

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Collin was just 5½ years old and two weeks into Kindergarten when he was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. “A nightmare any parent is afraid to hear came true when the pediatrician called me,” said his mom, Alice.

Collin had been complaining about feeling tired and achy. But his parents chalked it up to getting used to his new schedule of being in school full time. “We never in a million years would think that a healthy child like Collin was suffering from cancer,” said Alice.

Collin was admitted to Johns Hopkins to begin chemotherapy for childhood leukemia. During that time, Alice created a CaringBridge website to easily share health news and receive support, and the family received in-person support through fun activities with Casey Cares.

CaringBridge provides free patient websites that connect people to their family and friends during a significant health challenge such as cancer and other critical illnesses.

Alice regularly writes in the journal about Collin’s treatment and progress. “It also gives me comfort knowing that so many people are out there who care,” said Alice, referring to the number of people visiting the website and leaving guestbook messages.
 
Collin has spent almost three years receiving treatment for childhood leukemia and is expected to finish at the end of 2011. During those three years, Casey Cares has provided Collin’s family with many reasons to smile, helping him through his treatment with fun events including tickets to Monster Jam, a Pirate Party, video and pizza nights, and much more. “They help us through the toughest times,” said Alice. “The kids are always delighted to see anything from Casey Cares.”

Casey Cares and CaringBridge partner to make health journeys easier. To learn more about CaringBridge or create your own website, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/partner/caseycaresfoundation/.