And then life couldn’t get any worse.
In Amelia’s Long Journey, John chronicles the joys of becoming a parent and raising a beautiful little girl, and the terror of almost losing her. With the skill of a journalist and the heart of father, John lovingly chronicles Amelia’s life: her early carefree years, her chronic illnesses, the diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumor, the surgeries, the treatments, the remissions, the relapse, the recovery.
In a series of heartwarming and heart-wrenching newspaper columns dedicated to Amelia, John L. Smith shares the nightmare his daughter has lived since she was eight years old, and the courage, the humor, and optimism she has shown throughout. Amelia’s Long Journey is not only a story about a brave girl’s fight against cancer, but a story about a precious little girl’s love for life.
Despite tremendous progress in research, cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) charity that raises money for childhood cancer research, primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family, friends and employers, go bald in solidarity with kids who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment.
Proceeds are granted to the world’s leading childhood cancer research institutions. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has united volunteers in one vision — to fund a cure for every form of childhood cancer, and to ensure each survivor has a high quality of life post-treatment.
To get involved, visit our website at www.StBaldricks.org or call 888-899-BALD.
Chartered in 1978, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada was founded by two families, each of whom had a child being treated for cancer. They believed that families could find strength, knowledge and comfort by banding together during difficult times. They wanted to use their experience and resources to lessen the burden of families they knew would follow. Since that time, Candlelighters has assisted more than 2,000 families. Through its many programs, Candlelighters provides assistance for quality-of-life issues that are a large part of the childhood cancer experience, including disease-specific education and emotional support. In certain circumstances, Candlelighters also offers families much-needed financial support. Some of the most vital services Candlelighters provide include: patient advocacy, emergency assistance, travel for treatment, family counseling, survivor scholarships and other programs and services such as meal tickets, hospital visits, toy boxes for out-patient clinics, financial aid guidance, bereavement support and much more.
www.candlelightersnv.org, phone 702-737-1919
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Nevada grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Children undergoing long term medical treatment keep busy schedules filled with doctors’ appointments, hospital stays, painful and invasive medical procedures. The wish provides moments of wonder and delight to so many children and the families who love them, in need of relief from the daily stresses and uncertainties associated with the diagnosis of a life-threatening medical condition.
“The granting of our daughter’s wish was so much more than the materialistic aspect. Although everything we needed was provided by Make-A-Wish, the biggest blessing that you provided for our family us very hard to put into words. The wish gave us a distraction, a goal to look forward to. We were able to take a break and focus on reinforcing our love for each other. We cannot put a price tag on that.”
www.snv.wish.org, phone 702-212-9474
Since 1993, the Mission of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation has been to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and immunologic diseases.
The NCCF is a non-profit organization serving critically ill children and theirfamilies living in Southern Nevada and offers over 25 programs and services including the first and only in-patient classroom in the state of Nevada.
The NCCF continues to create new programs and services to fill the voids that exist in helping critically ill children.
Visit NCCF at www.nvccf.org, phone 702-735-8434