(lf-rt):Susan Smith, Janice Steiner, Heidi Gardner, Cathy Wieland, Julie Young. Absent: Dr. Towbin, Molly Dirr and Billie Howard
The benefits of both giving and receiving are extremely rewarding! With the holiday season comes treasured traditions. One such tradition in the Radiology department at Cincinnati Children’s is the “Adopt a Family” fundraiser.
Each year, through the generosity of many employees throughout our department, we can brighten the holiday season for a family. Our adopted families are usually dealing with the normal demands of daily life with children when suddenly their family experiences devastating news regarding a child.
This year’s family has four amazing, active, and energetic children. Recently, their second youngest was sent for what the parents thought was routine bloodwork. Within an hour, they were instructed to report immediately to Cincinnati Children’s. This family states,
“Our whole world flipped upside down that night,” they explained. To hear the words “your child has cancer” is devastating news. Their child was diagnosed with leukemia. “The fear, the unknown, this cannot be happening, sent us into shock.” This child’s siblings were devastated, and cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were terrified.
Mom stepped away from work to attend to the new normal of extended hospital stays, doctor/clinic visits, procedures, and treatments. Dad is working hard to keep things going for a family of six. The parents mention that their child has stayed positive. However, it’s difficult missing out on typical childhood experiences of their own and their siblings. The family is incredibly grateful to have Cincinnati Children’s so close. They are thankful for our thoughts and overwhelmed by our generosity and support!
“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is,
What are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King Jr.