…91 Days Until Race Day
This letter from Crew’s mom is raw. The way she describes Crew’s hospital visits…I’ve seen what she writes. The cries of kids and animals haunt me because you WANT to do something but you feel helpless.
Here’s the letter from his mom:
“Our three year old, Crew, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, July 3, 2015. Given his age and diagnosis, we were told that Crew’s likelihood of remission was extremely high.
The chemotherapy began very quickly – and so did Crew’s response. After 8 short days of treatment, the Leukemic Cells in his peripheral blood had diminished completely, but the battle wouldn’t stop there. His treatment plan would be a minimum of three and half years.
This past year has been filled with an infinite number of commutes to the hospital, infusions, lumbar punctures, dressing changes, hospital stays, an endless amount of medications, another endless amount of medications for reactions from those medications, pokes, pricks, numbing cream, surgical procedures, vomit, blood and platelet transfusions, hair loss – but by far, the worst part has been watching our child be the one to endure all of this.
The agonizing cries, the pleas for not letting them poke him, watching them hold him down for procedures, seeing the neuropathy in his feet from some of the chemo, having to undergo another port implantation because his first port eroded through his chest, feeling helpless as he’s hooked up to machines, just the tears he’s shed alone – as parents, we would do anything to trade places with him.
However, we could not have battled this beast with the amount of courage and strength this little three foot miracle has shown the world. We have watched that two and half year old boy become a three and a half year old man this past year.
Crew is Kickin’ Leukemia in the Face and the disease has acknowledged his strength.
These past 17 months have been challenging, but nothing’s too tough for this little warrior. This kid went from 80% Leukemic Cells in his peripheral blood to ZERO percent. He’s held that achievement since early in his treatment, and we’re currently in our maintenance phase.
We’ve still got many pokes, pricks, infusions and medications in our future, but HE WILL ring that bell on November 11, 2018.” – Crew’s Mom
Today’s workout was with Brian Caldwell at Baby Bull Boxing. We started with 9 straight minutes of jumping rope. 1 3 minute round of shadow boxing into 4 rounds of hitting the pads. We followed that with 3 rounds on the heavy bag, then 6 sets of squats and finished with 3 sets of 12 hanging knees to chest.
This was a butt kicker workout, just like Crew is kickin’ cancer’s butt.
Who will you meet tomorrow?