What can we do to help?   19 comments

Almost everyone that hears of our circumstance has asked us in one way or another, What can I do to help?

The doctors have mentioned that the one thing that everyone can do, regardless of their financial conditions or physical location, is to give blood.  Please contact your local health provider or the visit www.redcross.org

Because of this aggressive disease and the chromosonal abnormalities found in her leukemia cells (which lead the doctors to think that she may relapse with only chemotherapy), Charlotte will also be receiving a bone marrow transplant in early 2011.  So Amy and I would also like to encourage people to consider becoming bone marrow donors.  The doctors have already found a match for Charlotte because of a willing donor.  Wouldn’t you like to save someone else’s Charlotte?

Signing up is easy and painless.  You can find more information on this link:


If you are pregnant, or are ever planning on becoming pregnant, I would also urge you to consider donating your baby’s umbilical cord blood if you are not planning on saving it yourself.  It costs nothing and could save someone’s life.  Find out more at the above link.

I have actually been on the bone marrow registry list since about 1997.  I had given blood pretty regularly, and was contacted by the Red Cross to give another blood sample so they could add me to the list and contact me if I might happen to be a match and then could come in for more testing.  They haven’t called yet.  But you can be sure I will pick up the phone when they do.

“We just never know when our actions might positively or miraculously impact another person’s life.”

At this time, we really would love your prayers and positive thoughts to make her well.

We feel so blessed to have family and friends so close to us.  Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and support,

Lon, Amy, Charlotte and Molly.



Posted September 15, 2010 by L. Elske

19 responses to “What can we do to help?

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  1. You are in our hearts and prayers…be strong in knowing that you have the support of many caring friends.

    • We are so sad to hear of your news, yet hopeful with all of your wonderful posts. Thank you for continuing to give updates on your beautiful Charlotte. We are thinking of you all of the time and our prayers are with you.

      Kelly and Jason Kelderman
    • please know that you are in my heart and prayers. you have a wonderful family and God is surely helping you get thru this. thanks to lynn for keeping things on facebook and i have this website bookmarked. i also thank you for keeping her post so current. it takes alot to deal with this awful disease much less keeping her post current. you’re not only keeping your friends and family current, but i’m sure there are people out there facing the same thing and will find comfort and knowledge in what they are about to encounter. again, many prayers, deb

  2. Lon and Amy,
    I am so moved and saddened to hear what you and your beautiful daughter are going through! You are in my prayers! God Bless,
    Wendy Thies

  3. Please know that I haven’t written or called because I’m simply trying to find the right words to say….But also please know that the 4 of us are thinking about you – all the time, every minute, of every day. It doesn’t leave our minds. And with those thoughts – prayers are being said. Cayden and Christian are wishing on stars and practicing drawing Handy Manny. We love you!!!

  4. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. You have a great family to lean on and draw support from!

    Michelle Burnard King
  5. Hi Lon and Amy I was just devastated to hear about your beautiful baby Charlotte!! You are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Don’t hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Love Uncle Steven and Aunt Terry

    Steven & Terry Licitar
  6. I am Uncle Mike’s (Newman) oldest daughter, Patti.
    Your daughter is so beautiful, thank you for the photos and for the information about her progress.
    I will pray, and talk with Uncle Mike and Aunt Clarice too, they have a view from another perspective and alot of love for family, my Pop and Aunt Mary Ann talked all the time and I am sure they are still doing so in the Heavens together, holding you in their love from afar.
    May you be blessed each day with comfort, love and support knowing that angels surround your lovely child.
    Patti Newman

  7. Hi Lon,
    My brother just passed along the sad news of your daughter’s illness. Please know that I will keep Charlotte in my daily prayers. Stay strong and have faith that all will turn out well.

    God bless you and your family,
    Mike Vander Sanden

  8. Lon & Amy,
    What a wonderful thing that when people ask what they can do to help, you point to a way to help others. I plan to invite people to give blood during the church announcements tomorrow. I’m also going to look up how to donate bone marrow. Online, I’ve discovered that UW Hospital is the place to do it, details are sketchy. I’ve donated blood numerous times, but never even considered donating bone marrow. I understand you can do it up to age 60 – I’ve got 6 years to go!
    You’re uppermost in our prayers. Jim

  9. Hi Lon and Amy, I could not imagine this happening to Sam. I am truely sorry that you have to go through this. My mom said that one of the things I could do to help is make some food for you. I will send some with Louise this week. You are all very lucky to have such a great family to support you! I know there will be other hurdles once the new baby comes and I would love to help out if there is anything else I could do. Don’t ever hesitate to ask!!!!

  10. Greetings to all,
    So sorry to hear the news about your daughter and grand daughter. Life is pretty crazy at times. Both Lori and I are cancer survivors but don’t know how we would react if one of our immediate family were diagnosed. It is pretty tough to imagine. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keep in mind, if there is anything we can do to help, do not hesitate to call upon us. God be with you all. Lori and Jim

    Lori & jim schmidt
  11. My heart is breaking for you hearing this . I will today ask all the ladies in my bible study group to pray for you, as well as my family. Charlotte is so beautiful and is blessed with a wonderful family. You ALL are in our prayers.
    May God keep you all in the palm of his hand and give you strength.
    Sharon Schulteis

  12. Dear Amy, Lon, Charlotte & dear grandparents, I have been praying for Charlottes recovery from this dreaded illness. Keep up your great moral as you are doing, God knows it is very hard. my husband was at UWMadison Clinics for his radiation rxs.and they are so wonderful & caring there. We also stayed at a McDonalds type place on campus for 6wks. You are in the best place..and God is watching over you all. All my best for a speedy recovery. Fran Lofy

  13. Hi, I’m Marlene Larson, Dave Larson’s mother grandmother of Rachel Larson. I noticed when I was reading the above, have you ever tried mac & cheese. I think I made mac & cheese every day for Rachel. She just loved it, and when she couldn’t finish the box, we gave it away. I was up at the hospital every morning at 5 am to relieve Dave or Anita so they could go to work. We got out of the room and said good morning to all the nurses. What a great way to start the day. Why don’t you try mac & cheese. You will be surprised how great it is. It’s like reliving the past, but the Lord is good and you will thank Him many times, and your life will never be without meaning. Prayers for your whole family.

  14. Hi Lon,
    Please know that my family and I will be in constant prayer for you and your family during this trying time. We will pray for God’s devine provision over the months ahead, that He will bring healing, strength and peace. Phillipians 4:6 is a great verse to meditate on to help you and yours get through this time.

  15. Hi Elske Family –

    The Ehrke Family thinks of you all constantly and your story is inspiring to us! Recently Theresa (Peachey) and I signed up to be bone marrow donors, we set our swab kits in, but haven’t heard if we are matches yet. We both can only hope that we can help save someone’s life and maybe even Charlotte’s! 🙂 You are all amazing and strong. Thinking of you. Love, Roxy

  16. We are curently going through some times ourselfs with our son and can understand the pain and heatfelt nights. But watching our sone smile even over the litlest of thigns brings our hopes up! Our prayers our with you and to the people that donate to help familes like us who just cannot afford everything ! God bless you and your family!

  17. Wow I really dug up a old pos I’m sorry I just seen the pictures and followed to this vlof I’m not so good at his internet thing!

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