Government funding is 6 times greater for breast cancer research than pediatric cancer research. Children with cancer suffer all of their lives, if they survive, from outdated medicine. I am advocating on behalf of Jillian Miller (Jilly Bean) and her family to heighten awareness regarding pediatric cancer research. Please show support and follow her fight!!!
Jillian Miller of Indiana was diagnosed with ALL - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 2 years of age.
“On Dec 23, 2011 it seems time stood still. Our family was suffering from a stomach bug...Jillian's symptoms seemed to linger. So, concerned Josh and I made an appointment with our daughters Dr. The appointment was made...transportation scheduled (our van is also not running) for Friday Dec 23. The Wed prior to the appointment I started noticing what appeared to be small bruises on Jilly's legs and thought. "So glad we have the appointment scheduled!" Thurs Dec 22 she just seems like she was not feeling well...so again thought...so glad we have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow. Josh awoke on Friday morning to take our sick baby girl to see Dr. Gary Halberstadt. After Dr. Gary took a look at her...thought a possible virus but thought we should go ahead and get some blood test. STAT blood was drawn. STAT results were sent back from the lab to the Dr. Josh was sent back down to Dr Gary for him to discuss that the levels were not good. A wonderful friend transported Josh and Jilly to the ER at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Admitted to PICU. Test...blood...rushing nurses. Then, Dr. Razzouk enters our life. He tries to help us as best he can (by this time my uncle and aunt brought me to the hospital) to understand what the possible problems could be. The next four hours would end with a dx of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Heartbroken. Since that moment our world has taken on a new normal. We tried to have a Merry Christmas but it just seemed too hard to enjoy anything. Since the dx Jillian has had surgery to put a port a cath in her tiny chest, pulling bone marrow out of her, and a spinal tap. She has had two rounds of chemo at the point of this sites birth. Her blood levels are ever changing which we understand are part of this for now. She has had major ups and major downs which again we understand is to be expected. It is a roller coaster ride, only we thought Jillian was too little to ride. Turns out as many of us know CANCER has no mercy.
Josh and I are exhausted but are amazed at the efforts of everyone helping our baby. Our other children are well, thanks to granny, friends and family attempting to keep their lives as normal as possible. They understand as best they can what is happening to Jilly and why mommy and daddy have been away. I wish I had better answers for them but I am new at this. We will just continue to the best we can.
I want to ask anyone who will to pray for our Jilly "Bean". We are so thankful to anyone and everyone who has taken the time to do so. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our journey to remission. I will do my best to update you all as quickly as I am able.” says Jillian Miller.
“Childhood Cancer Awareness” creates an opportunity to galvanize the community and bring this issue of pediatric cancer research funding to the forefront,” says Frank Balis, M.D., Interim Division Chief of the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Maris adds, “Many childhood cancers are treated with drugs developed 30 years ago which cause toxic side effects. As a pediatric cancer scientist and physician whose research directly impacts the kids I treat, the availability of funding is vital to eradicate this insidious disease and minimize long-term side effects that cancer survivors often experience.”
In 2011, more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer and hundreds will die of the disease. Although survival rates for many childhood cancers have improved dramatically over the past few decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease in children.
Childhood Cancer Advocate Jillian Miller is asking your help by sharing their story with the United States of America.
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We NEED to declare WAR on Childhood Cancer! Four children die EVERYDAY due to pediatric cancer. People say, "It's hard looking at a child suffering with cancer". The only way to end it is to...
We NEED to declare WAR on Childhood Cancer! Four children die EVERYDAY due to pediatric cancer. People say, "It's hard looking at a child suffering with cancer". The only way to end it is to take a stand and DEMAND funding!!! Be their voice!!! They NEED us!!!