This Saturday we went to The Rainbow of Heroes Walk. It's the annual fundraiser for The Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke (why can't these things have shorter names?). They had tons of fun things to do for the kiddies: bouncy houses (James, you missed out), face painting, snow cones, putt putt golf, and a bunch of free crap from the National Guard...I have no idea why.
The cake honoring all the transplanted kids in 2009
It was a walk and she didn't walk at all. Ugh.
Jack was a fan of all the sports games
He's got some skills
Too much fun (my mom came. hurray for moms)
We had a blast and it was so great to see all the nurses and doctors and families that we spent soooooo much time with on 5200. It was awesome to see those kids walking outside and not up and down that single hallway.
Sadly, I talked to the Grandma of Lucy, one of Lila's neighbors on 5200. She told us that Lucy passed away on Easter Sunday. The transplant didn't take and her cancer came back. She was beautiful and brave and only 2 years old. I was devastated to hear about Lucy, but her Grandma told me that although she has hard days, she knows Lucy isn't suffering anymore and that makes her happy. I admire her perspective and her wisdom. Lucy and her Grandma are definitely two of my heroes.