Help Iris fight brain cancer!

$23,887 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 242 people in 22 months

Iris was playing soccer and got sick.
After 2 trips to the ER, a CT showed a mass in her brain. The next day she was rushed by ambulance to Shands Children's Hospital and is currently receiving treatment. Iris has been in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for almost a week now. It will be a long, hard road to recovery. As her mother, the last thing I want is to leave her bedside. I am asking for financial support to allow me to spend time with her while she receiving treatment. Thank you for your prayers and support during this rough time. May God bless you that you never know this pain.

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I just wanted everyone to know that Iris has finished treatment for medulloblastoma. She is cancer free! Thank you God for you grace and mercy! Thank you to everyone for the love and support. Your prayers, words of encouragement, warm hugs, and donations have helped make this journey a little easier. Iris was hospitalized 7 times this past summer. 4 planned for chemotherapy​, 2 unplanned due to fever, and once for rehab therapy. Because of your generosity, I didn't have to leave her side. For that I am forever grateful. I have come to realize just how blessed our family is. Many of you are strangers, but that didn't stop you from helping to ease this burden. Thank you Louanna's House for choosing Iris.
As we settle into our new normal, our hearts will always be filled with gratitude. Each time I look back on this journey, I am filled with emotions. The road ahead will not be an easy one. The love and compassion you have shown us will never be forgotten. I pray that God will bless each of you abundantly for what you have done for us.
This picture was taken today! Her smile is as bright as ever and her hair is growing back too.
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My superhero Iris and her superhero sidekick Isla!
Having a blast during chemo!
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Iris just finished her first week of radiation! 5 weeks left.
The doctor wheels her back, and allows me to be with her until she goes to sleep. I am the last face she sees before treatment and the first face she sees when she wakes up. I thought that part would get easier, but it doesn't.
She is very tired after treatment. Radiaton is draining like being in Florida's summer sun.
Please continue to pray for her complete healing and strength and also for my family. I cannot say thank you enough for you kind words, prayers, thoughts, donations and other acts of love. May His grace continue to be with you.
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The tumor was removed! Praise God! Iris has a long road ahead of her, but she is a fighter. Even the anesthesiologist said she was fighting against going to sleep.
She will start phase two of her treatment in about a week. Iris is eating well, she's up about 5 lbs in one week!
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, kind words and gestures. Please continue to pray for Iris and our family.
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Bryan Gibson
21 months ago
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Our family has only known this amazing little girl for only a few weeks, but our family can easily speak to her strength. My children play soccer on her team and as her coach, I watched her play with enthusiasm, alongside my own children, laughing, having fun, and enjoying herself. We were all very worried when she got sick and had been thinking about here for the past two weeks, hoping she was doing well. When we got the news about her predicament, needless to say we all experienced shock. However, that shock quickly morphed into awe. You see, we received the news on the soccer field as Iris had decided she still wanted to come to our game. Dressed in her team jersey and sporting that infectious smile, she became a source of energy and determination for us all. Iris led us in our team chant before and after the game, and cheered us on from the sidelines. In a world with so many distractions, Iris is a shining example of what it means to be a true team player, even when you are faced with life's adversities. Her strength, determination, and sprit represent all that we seek to achieve in ourselves and teach our children. If you have read this comment, please take the time to read Iris' story, make a donation, or send your thoughts and prayers to her and her family.

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Emily Elizabeth
22 months ago
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If you follow the link, and fill out the request, they will send Iris a special hat and can set up a super hero visit for her. https://www.loveyourmelon.com/pages/requestahat God Bless!

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Tracy Michele DeBacker
13 months ago

Kristen, I just saw the update today. I don't check this email, for some reason I did today. What wonderful news. I am so happy for you and your beautiful family. Karson has been giving me mini updates. She was so excited to see her at school and then to see you. You have been in my thoughts. You are a strong woman and great mother. Iris is such a sweet, positive, strong little girl. May she continue to smile and be cancer free. God bless your sweet angel and your amazingly strong family.

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Susan Rodgers
21 months ago

I sure hate to bother the family at such a trying time, does anyone have an update on Iris? We sure love her and wish the best for their whole family.

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Created February 18, 2017
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Allister Charles
5 months ago

God bless

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Anonymous
8 months ago
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Stephania Bolarinwa
16 months ago

Stay strong

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Ginette Harrell
16 months ago

You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers

Bryan Gibson
21 months ago
4
4

Our family has only known this amazing little girl for only a few weeks, but our family can easily speak to her strength. My children play soccer on her team and as her coach, I watched her play with enthusiasm, alongside my own children, laughing, having fun, and enjoying herself. We were all very worried when she got sick and had been thinking about here for the past two weeks, hoping she was doing well. When we got the news about her predicament, needless to say we all experienced shock. However, that shock quickly morphed into awe. You see, we received the news on the soccer field as Iris had decided she still wanted to come to our game. Dressed in her team jersey and sporting that infectious smile, she became a source of energy and determination for us all. Iris led us in our team chant before and after the game, and cheered us on from the sidelines. In a world with so many distractions, Iris is a shining example of what it means to be a true team player, even when you are faced with life's adversities. Her strength, determination, and sprit represent all that we seek to achieve in ourselves and teach our children. If you have read this comment, please take the time to read Iris' story, make a donation, or send your thoughts and prayers to her and her family.

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Emily Elizabeth
22 months ago
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1

If you follow the link, and fill out the request, they will send Iris a special hat and can set up a super hero visit for her. https://www.loveyourmelon.com/pages/requestahat God Bless!

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Tracy Michele DeBacker
13 months ago

Kristen, I just saw the update today. I don't check this email, for some reason I did today. What wonderful news. I am so happy for you and your beautiful family. Karson has been giving me mini updates. She was so excited to see her at school and then to see you. You have been in my thoughts. You are a strong woman and great mother. Iris is such a sweet, positive, strong little girl. May she continue to smile and be cancer free. God bless your sweet angel and your amazingly strong family.

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Susan Rodgers
21 months ago

I sure hate to bother the family at such a trying time, does anyone have an update on Iris? We sure love her and wish the best for their whole family.

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