May 10th, 2012. Day +426   4 comments

Today was the 96.3fm Star Country Radiothon to raise money for the American Family Children’s Hospital.  We learned today that families are nominated by hospital staff  so we feel extra honored to participate

Molly checking out all of the signatures from the participants.

today.  We are SOOOOO proud of Charlotte.  Not only was she not shy today, but she was the one to start and end the interview.  She made my heart melt with pride.  Even Molly seemed to understand the importance of the day as she sat quiet and still for the entire 15 minute interview….not an easy task for our energetic toddler.  Many staff came down to listen to our interview in person.  We saw not only the dj tear up, but also some of these staff who already knew Charlotte’s journey.  Hopefully we touched some other individuals out in the community too….and maybe enough to make a donation.

We were very touched today after the interview to meet another AFCH employee.  He told us that he just had to come down and meet us after he began to hear our story on the radio.  His own son was diagnosed with AML at the age of 13 months when his wife was 5 months pregnant with their second son.  He wanted to let us know that he understands firsthand what we experienced in trying to care for one child with another on the way.  His son endured 4 rounds of chemo and is a happy, thriving middle schooler today.  It was just one more success story we love to hear about.

If you would like to hear our interview, montage, or see some pictures from the day, just go to Star Country’s website:

The Radiothon continues through the end of tomorrow.  Please consider listening to 96.3 or online and donating if you feel moved.

Relay for Life Update——-

We recently learned more of the schedule for the Relay for Life event and we wanted to share in case you were considering joining our team.

The actual walk will begin about 6pm, but recommend arrival closer to 5:30pm to partake in the opening ceremony for those interested.  Charlotte and all other survivors will walk the first lap to start the event.  Next up (we believe) is a caregiver lap.  At 10pm is the luminaria ceremony – a time to honor and remember all those touched personally by cancer.  The event ends at 6am Saturday morning.  Amy and I are prepared to walk the entire time if we have to as our goal is to have a team member on the track at all times, and Charlotte didn’t get much of a break during her treatment.  We will have a tent set-up for anybody wanting to hang out and walk with us during the night.  There is no fundraising requirement, but we are strongly trying for a team goal of $1000.


Posted May 10, 2012 by L. Elske in Uncategorized

4 responses to “May 10th, 2012. Day +426

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  1. We loved the interview, montage & photos and are SO proud of you guys for sharing Charlotte’s story…I know that wasn’t easy. I’m sure you brought in lots of donations, especially after Charlotte said at the end, “Be a champion!”. OMG, that was adorable! How neat that you got to meet another family who went through basically the same thing you did. Wow! And it’s great to hear he is a happy, healthy tween! Cheers to another success story! 🙂

  2. Just read your blog, listened to the radiothon interview, and say the photos. Amy, you were so courageous! Molly, you were so well-mannered! Lon, you shared with the community somewhat of the effect on the father in this arduous and terrifying journey. And now to you,Miss Charlotte: your voice burst full of sunshine and joy and courage and more sunshine! “Please call; be a champion!” What a girl!! CJ, you rock! Oh, give Buba a hug for me!

  3. So proud of all of you. Jenny said it all so perfectly. Charlotte –when you told everyone” to be a champion” your grandparents were grinning from ear to ear. Amy – you brought me to tears remembering that awful day when we got the diagnosis. Time stood still but look at all of you now. Love you.

    Grandma and Grandpa Wags
  4. Such a great interview! You all were amazing to share what you went through and Charlotte was a hoot! Good luck with relay for life!

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