INCourage is an organization that my family and I hold very close to our hearts and we are so thankful we are able to help other families whose lives are being affected by childhood cancer. Before my son was diagnosed I was completely naive to how many children are diagnosed with cancer and really had no idea how many sick children there are.
My son was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia a month before his third birthday. Our lives turned upside down instantly. It was terrifying roller coaster ride that we couldn’t stop. Our son spent four months inpatient at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for his first three rounds of chemotherapy. He then spent two months inpatient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital during his last round of chemotherapy, followed by a bone marrow transplant. After he recovered we moved into a hotel for three months to be close to the hospital.
From the moment he was diagnosed we were supported by our family and friends, our church, our community and by complete strangers. We learned the true meaning of “it takes a village”. Everyone came together to help us get through this difficult season in our life by praying for us, taking care of our other two young children, bringing us meals, donating toys and activities to keep our son busy, while also donating gas cards and money for groceries. It was a humbling time for us. We thought we were a self-sufficient family, but this experience taught us that we can’t do life on our own. We needed help.
INCourage is an opportunity to be the “help” that another family needs. Our son is in remission now and doing wonderful! Because of our village we were able to focus on our son when he needed us most. Our lives have been completely transformed because of this experience and our faith has been made stronger. We are so thankful for the good that has come from our trial and I hope, through our organization, we can provide encouragement and make a difference in another family’s life too.