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We are honored to have the opportunity to introduce you to sweet Allison. The blog post below was written by Allison’s father.
Our little Allison had an 8 hour emergency surgery on Sunday, May 15th. Allison, was always a healthy, vibrant, energetic, smiling, happy toddler, so this came as a shock to all of us! She had never been to the hospital except when she was born. However, in early May, Allison complained of not feeling well and had lost her appetite. She also said her tummy hurt and had a slight fever for a few days. We also found a hard area on the left side of her abdomen. We took Allison to her pediatrician, who immediately directed us to take her to the emergency room as she thought it was a tumor. After several studies, it was determined that Allison had a Wilms Tumor – this is an extremely rare kidney cancer, only affecting 500 children in the US. The tumor was removed along with her left kidney in an eight hour emergency surgery that was supposed to take between 3 and 5 hours. Allison’s left lung collapsed after the surgery and she spent the next five days in the ICU. Once she stabilized she was transferred to the pediatric oncology unit and underwent various tests including an MIBG nuclear test. The pathology results changed the original diagnosis to a Neuroblastoma Stage IV high risk cancer. Allison spent a total of 16 days at INOVA Fairfax Children’s Hospital before coming home this past Sunday evening.
Her mom, Irma never left the hospital for the entire time. I am a teacher and have taken off the last five weeks of school with the FMLA to be with my family. My friend and former neighbor Mary Lammert started our GoFundMe page, ALLISON’S ARMY, and is organizing other fund raising options for us.
After her tumor pathology was completed, Allison’s final diagnosis was that she has Neuroblastoma Stage IV high risk cancer. It is very rare with less than 700 cases in the United States each year. However, her recent tests show that the cancer has not spread to her bones or head and is just in the locations in her chest that we were already aware of from earlier tests and the surgery. However, yesterday we learned unfortunately she also tested positive for the MYCN amplified gene which also makes her prognosis unfavorable.
She has started an aggressive protocol to attack the cancer.
She already had her first round of chemotherapy while still in the hospital last week and will undergo four or five more rounds of Chemotherapy. Followed by two months of quarantined stem cell transplants at Children’s Hospital in DC only accompanied by her Mommy. Next, at least two weeks of radiation therapy. Lastly, she will have antibody treatments. The entire process to make Allison cancer free will take over a year. We hope and pray she will beat the odds which the doctors have given her with her unfavorable prognosis.
You can support Allison directly on her Gofundme page! Click here to show your support!
We are excited to have partnered up with our friends at Good in Deed to have a drive for pediatric cancer research.
Good in Deed is all about giving! The Good in Deed community is on a mission to:
Inspire people to help others in need
Nurture their inner philanthropist
Facilitate their involvement with causes that need friends and supporters
And spark a million good deeds that make a difference in our world
Join us and the Good in Deed community in fighting the big fight! Every dollar counts.
Do you love shopping? How about giving back to a meaningful cause?? Well what would you say if we told you that you could do both at the same time!?
Well we have some exciting collaborations going on right now, with three awesome shops.
Let’s start by shopping Relax Baby Be Cool!
Relax Baby Be Cool is the cutest shop! Shop here for one of a kind made clothing items! $1 of your purchase will benefit pediatric cancer research!
Next up is a delicious bakery!
This Chick Bakes has the most delicious cookies! $1 will be donated for every $20 spent on chocolate chip cookies!
Last up we have a shop called Chibi Garden Co.
Chiba Garden Co. sells great quality items that will bring you both joy and greenery in your space.
So there you have it, three awesome shops that support an amazing cause! Please show your support and visit these shops today.
Have fun shopping for a cause!
What is the Dessert for a Cause Program?
As a participating shop, you have choice of creating an original pastry/dessert for A Dollar Campaign, or select one of your already made desserts. Every time that dessert is sold, you can designate a percentage of the purchase, or 100% of the purchase, toward A Dollar Campaign.
What are the benefits for my shop?
Your shop will be known as a place that supports research for pediatric cancer!
We will get the word out about your business on our social media and website. A Dollar Campaign will also promote your business at our events.
Every participating business will get a certificate of appreciation!
Click HERE to sign up!