Life is good for Delaney and I am smiling just because I get to say that. Last Saturday she got to join her soccer team and even got to play goalie. She did great, but Mom and Dad probably lost a year of life for every ball that was kicked in her direction. More importantly, she had fun and the other parents and coaches were so gracious with their kind words afterwards that it made me realize how much I have missed her soccer games.
On Tuesday night, Delaney, her Mom, and one of her sisters got to go to her first concert. They saw Katy Perry and had a blast. Mom was worried that Delaney wouldn’t be able to stay up for the show, but the combination of her taking a nap after school and her pure exhilaration got her through to the very last song. Speaking of songs, I know it isn’t Katy Perry, but this video of Delaney singing Sara Bareille’s Brave is too good to be wasted. She made it with two of her sisters (and some goofy dude that will remain unnamed) about a year ago when another of our cancer friends (Joshua of #BeBrave) was creating a video compilation of kids who were fighting cancer singing and dancing to the song. Enjoy!
Speaking of friends, I’ve got to at least introduce you to a sweet little girl we met at the Paul Newman camp last month. Now is probably as good as time as any to remind you that not only am I not a doctor, I am a borderline idiot. With that said, I believe little Natalie’s brain tumor is affecting half of her body to the point of paralysis. That didn’t stop the five year old little cutie from scaling the 40 foot climbing wall with no problem. Then, as she and her twin brother and father were standing on the top of a plank waiting to zipline, the volunteer asked the three of them who was going to go first. Little Natalie quickly stepped forward and announced, “I am!” And then like the fearless little warrior she is, she went for it.
Well last Friday Natalie had a scan that nobody of any age should have to get. Her parents were prepared to get one of two results: the cancer has spread from her brain to her spine (which would definitely not be good news) OR that the tumor came back for the third time (which they were informed meant that treatment wasn’t working for Natalie). I forgot to mention Natalie’s parents are very faithful people and her Mom was so bold to request that people pray for a miracle for their little angel. Apparently God is still in the healing business because this week they got the results that showed no evidence of disease. Little Natalie is cancer free!
As for Delaney, today is her big day as the honored hero for tonight’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night walk. Her big sister at college, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins all flew in to help her celebrate. We have been floored by the generosity so many people have already shown to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you are anywhere near Denver, we would love for you to come join us at Wash Park tonight. The festivities begin at 5:30 and the walk begins at 7:30. If you can’t make it out tonight, but are so moved to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you can use this link: http://pages.lightthenight.org/rm/DenverL14/dstafford. THANK YOU!!!