Good evening family friends and beloved others as all of you know I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all).In May 2006 I was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s hospital, where my Dad received the news that I had Leukemia, and was 98% infected. He was told that I needed to be transported to CHLA to receive the proper treatment my Dad did not know how to call my mom to give her the news. So he waited till the next day when she came over to the hospital and unknowingly walked into the 4th floor (Hematology floor). I had never seen my parents so sad. The doctors and nurses remained hopeful that I would go home and would adapt to my new life as a child with Cancer. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I developed an allergic reaction to the PEG Asparaginase (Chemo) and stayed in the hospital for three months. I went from weighing 25 pounds to 16 pounds. I would not eat, so I had to be fed through an IV line, and received blood and platelet transfusions almost daily. Because of my lack of movement, I developed bed sores on my bottom and Muscular atrophy on my legs, which meant that I could not walk anymore. The hardest day for my family was when the doctor came in and told them they had found fluid in my lungs and stomach and had Pancreatitis and Colonitis. He said “things will probably get worse before they get better” I remember turning to my Mom and telling her “I don’t want to die, I don’t want to leave you alone,” she said, “You are not going to die, but you have to try and get better”. My family and friends prayed for me and gave me strength.
I am fundraising for Camp Ronald Mcdonald For Good Times I want to give back to Camp because without them I truly would not be the young lady I am today. A little background information The camp was offered to me in December of 2012 when I went to my annual remission checkup, my social worker always offers us opportunities to these activities for kids, that are in remission, and have been through treatment or who currently still are. Camp has not only been an impact on me but my family as well. Summer2012 was the first time I was able to go up to apple canyon campgrounds, luckily I was accompanied by my older brother, I was terrified, nervous, scared, excited, crying I mean what emotions was I not feeling it was my first time actually being away from home for more than 2 days this was a week, and I knew nobody, but my brother. We were both nervous, to say the least, and we were worrying over nothing because as soon as we got onto the bus everyone, was communicating making friends with each other counselors introducing themselves to everyone, I mean they all seemed to have this one big family connection. The second I saw that I felt calm, relaxed, and safe. I was no longer scared or nervous I was ready to see what this week would be like and to be honest my expectations were very low because I don't like trying new things or meeting new people, but as soon as I got into my cabin with my counselors I was already in love. I have made long-lasting friendships thanks to camp, I have been given many opportunities.
As I get older I do realize what camp means to me it’s not only a week in the summer where I get to clear my mind and be around this huge family, but it’s a week where I know I won’t be judged and won’t feel uncomfortable. The camp is my home away from home where I get to leave my life down the mountain and refresh and just forget about it for this one week. Making memories, building friendships laughs, tears I mean what have I not experienced here at camp.
So if you are still here reading this I want to say thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this. I am now here to ask if you would help me fundraise money for CRMFGT. I am not here asking for thousands of dollars, but your daily cup of coffee ranges from $3-$6 skip your coffee for one day, or those $20 you were going to use on amazon to do some impulsive buying, let's help keep camp running open your hearts is all I ask during these hard times of 2020-2021. Have a beautiful amazing rest of your day, Thank You.