Relay for life is coming...WOOHOO....
Last edited by QCL; 07/24/14 07:45 PM. Reason: removed links
Here is Natalie's reason to relay:
I am a survivor!
This is what I wrote on her Relay for Life page...
I have survived a serious form of cancer that occurs in some transplant patients.
See I had a liver transplant, and then my body went nuts!
My mom says that the cells that normally serve as scouts for the immune system become weakened and then confused.
The cancer is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpesvirus that infects more than 90 percent of Americans but is ordinarily kept under control by the immune system.
And since my immune system is suppressed to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ, when I contracted EBV I developed lymphoma.
The cancer, called post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), arises only in some transplant patients, but doctors don't know why.
I know this...I have survived and I relay for the other transplant kids that I know that didn't or are still in their fight.
We'd love it if you can support us in any way. Anyway what-so-ever ... even making signs for Natalie to carry at Relay as we walk, or by donating ($5.00 is the min.).
If you read Natalie's webpage, I have been very very down since our little liver buddy, Callie's diagnosis - it is so stinking unfair. And I have said more Rosaries this past week than I have in a long time. And finally, finally, God gave me this challenge. To honor our kids that have bravely faced PTLD after already stuggling with having to have a transplant. On a small scale, I will be honoring them at our local Relay. To read more about why I Relay, click on Natalie's webpage,