Diagnosed August 28, 2009, at the age of 5, with Stage IV Wilms Tumor.
started Kindergarten on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. She rode the school
bus home on the second and third day. Marnie thought it was the second
most exciting thing ever - the most exciting event being the Coldplay
concert she attended earlier that month.
We took Marnie to the
Emergency Room at 9:30 pm on Thursday night with stomach pains. We were
expecting to hear she had appendicitis. An X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scan
and 5 1/2 hours later, we heard the words that shattered our world. Our
precious, perfectly healthy daughter had a Wilms Tumor in her right
kidney and the cancer had metastasized into her lungs. The largest spot
in Marnie's right lung was the size of a golf ball. Marnie's treatment
protocol involves 2 rounds of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, surgery
to remove her right kidney, 8 days of radiation and 9 additional rounds
of chemotherapy. Marnie's last scheduled chemotherapy round was April
We have watched Marnie become a strong, brave,
determined little girl. This has changed our lives forever. We are
better people because of Marnie. We are determined to fight for Marnie.
We are determined to fight for all present and future childhood cancer
patients. These children need our love and financial support for a
cure. The children do not need your pity. Talk to the next cancer kid
you see instead of staring or looking away quickly. They will touch
your heart and you will never be the same. Please join the fight to
find a cure.