as told by his mom, Nicole.
Our journey through childhood cancer began on the night of Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 when our sweet little boy, Ethan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was six days before his second birthday. Our entire world seemed to collapse out from under us.
The “normalcy” of our lives together quickly shifted to a constant numb feeling, living in an isolated hospital room, sounds of IV pumps as background noise and teams of doctors, specialists, nurses and so many other hospital staff keeping us company. It quickly became quite clear that our lives would never be the same. We felt totally helpless for Ethan as he endured so much more than what a child should. But through all of his pain and confusion and our devastation at Ethan’s cancer diagnosis, we promised ourselves and our son that we would take this terrible situation and turn it into something as positive as we possibly could.
Renee from Childcan was one of the first people we met after Ethan’s diagnosis who helped us try and create those positive experiences. Her sincerity and thoughtfulness, along with Childcan’s generosity through meal vouchers, a parking pass and many other resources helped to ease our minds and hearts during such a challenging time. We will never be able to thank Childcan enough for all that they did then for our family, and continue to do for us and countless others during some of the most difficult times of their lives.
Two and a half years later, Ethan continues to go through the rigorous aspects of his chemotherapy treatments. Some days are better than others and we take advantage of the positive moments as much as we can. Childcan has continued to be a part of our family’s childhood cancer community, even after all this time, which illustrates how great their impact is on this community as a whole. On behalf of E and our family, thank you Renee and Childcan for your support and friendship.