Our daughter Autumn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in January 2017 at only 5 months old. That night our whole world was flipped upside down and we had no idea what to expect.
When we took her in, they didn’t think she would make it through the night, but our girl showed her strength and fought her way through treatment.
We have faced a few hiccups in the road but all in all our Autumn has kicked cancer’s butt. We have a year of treatment left (at Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders) and hope that she continues to battle and show how tough she is.
Since being diagnosed, Akron Children’s Hospital has become our second home. They have supported our family throughout this process and done more than we could have ever expected for us.
The entire staff has shown that they truly care for our daughter and that she is more than just another patient. We want to take this opportunity to give back and show our appreciation, so our son Hunter is collecting donations as a Change Bandit from friends and family in honor of Autumn.
Editor’s Note: the 19th annual 98.1 KDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital will take place Feb. 8-10, 2018. There are many ways to get involved with Akron Children’s largest fundraiser, which benefits patient care, education and research programs at the hospital. For example, you can:
- Become a Change Bandit by enrolling online at akronchildrens.org/changebandit or by calling 330-543-8340.
- Make an online donation by visiting akronchildrens.org/radiothon.
- To donate during the Radiothon, call 330-543-0981 or 1-866-543-0981 to make a pledge.
- Text KDD to 41444 and donate from your smartphone.