Liam's Leukemia treatment
On Tuesday April 11th 2017, Josh and Becky heard the awful word that no parent ever wants to hear. Leukemia. Their 2 year old, happy and seemingly heathy son had Leukemia. Those are devastating and heartbreaking words for anyone to hear let alone a parent.
The words cancer of any kind brings about so many unknowns and questions. The next few days were a flurry of testing including a lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy.
Those first few days can best be described by Becky:
“How do I put into words or into a FB post all that my beautiful little family has been through in the last 4 days.
First I'll start off by saying from the very bottom of my heart and my husband's, we are beyond grateful for all the love and prayers that have been sent our way and to our beautiful son. They are more then appreciated and I beg of you to please continue praying for our Liam.
To our family and close friends, the love and constant support that you have shown us and how special and loved you have made our Liam feel during one of the darkest and scariest times in our lives. There are no words, no amount of repayment we could do to show our gratitude. With one simple phone call our world came crashing to the ground and each of you, piece by piece are slowly helping us hold it all together. You, along with God are what is holding us together. Our beautiful, handsome little man was diagnosed with B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) as of Wednesday. It has been a fast going roller coaster since then. Bone marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture, a port placed, two rounds of Chemo, a blood transfusion, and so much more. We are scared, we are absolutely devastated, nervous, overwhelmed, you name it we have and are feeling it. However, we are hopeful. We look at our little man and I can already tell you where I have seen God's hands in all of this heartache. Between our Pediatrician acting on her concerns, to our beautiful family and friends love and support, to our Liam's strength and fight. I am so incredibly heartbroken and scared for what is ahead of our son but I know, I believe in my God who loves and cares for us. Josh and I fell to our knees, literally fell to our knees in prayer after we got the phone call and that is were we will remain through this all. Please pray for our Liam, pray for his sisters who adore him and are trying to understand it all. Pray for his Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and cousins and friends who love our boy. Pray for my husband who is my rock, my strength, pray for him as he watches his son fight. Pray for Gods will and our trusting in his plan. Please pray.”
Liam’s treatment will last for the next 3 and ½ years. The first months will be very aggressive and will require many stays at the hospital and then as time goes on his treatments will be farther apart but will still require hospital stays.
As we all know medical expenses add up very very quickly and there are many other additional expenses that go along with having a family member in and out of the hospital. And so we are asking that you would consider giving a generous donation to ease this incredible financial burden that they are about to be under and that you would share this page with all of your friends so that they may consider donating as well.
More than anything Josh, Becky and the entire family covet your prayers. We know that we serve a God who is able to do abundantly above and beyond all that we ask or think, and so we ask that you continually keep our sweet little Liam, along with his parents and sisters in your prayers.
Sincerely the Hansen and Ogden Families.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Today Liam opened his package from Ryan’s Birthday Party Foundation and was absolutely over the moon. He smiled from ear to ear and begged his Daddy to put his Batman costume on right away!! Liam immediately ran to his sisters room to show off his muscles and tell them how he was going to protect them from the bad guys. Josh and I would then find Liam in our bathroom just starring at himself and the costume. Our superhero is one happy little man.
We are so great for all these wonderful foundations, oftentimes born from their own personal pain and experiences that are so will to put huge smiles on the faces of children like Liam at no cost to us. Just simply because they care, they understand.
We had so much fun getting all dressed up and spending the evening watching so many people come together to show their support and open their hearts and checkbooks for an amazing cause.
We loved seeing all of our favorite people including our Dr. Cruikshank and Nurse Esther. Liam loved showing off his fancy shoes and tie.
At the end of the night our community and the people in it came together to raise $367, 900 for the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. With the help of a beautiful little girl named Emma who we have come to know that made two delicious trays of brownies with her sweet Mom. They were auctioned off for a little over $100,000! $55,000’s each!!! How crazy amazing is that!?! ❤️
We had a wonderful night, visiting and enjoying wonderful people. We are definitely looking forward to next years Gala.
My heart and head is full of so many different emotions. Gratitude, pure love, immense happiness, the list goes on. We were told how this week would go and how wonderful it would be and how to get ready and everything we would need to prepare for, but nothing, nothing compares to experiencing it, all of it. Our hearts will be so heavy tomorrow when we leave because there will be no way we could possibly express to the people at GKTW what they have meant to us and the vacation and memories they have created for our family, for our children.
Today we went and found Liam’s star that he decorated when he first arrived at GKTW (Every Wish Child that stays here gets to make one and hang it in the castle forever) This was pretty emotional. Emotional to see all the stars and the incredible amount of children that this place has served and emotional because now our Liam has a star among them.
We head home tomorrow but I promise you a piece of each of our hearts will remain here. I am excited to read up on the man who started this beautiful place, Henri Landwirth. The heart and vision and passion he had to make the lives of children like Liam and others who are facing challenges a little easier and happier is inspiring and moving.
As soon as I am hope and settled I will post pictures of of trip. It was unbelievable!! Thank you all as always for your prayers for good health and wonderful memories made. We appreciate them. ❤️
Sending you all lots of love from Magic Kingdom in Disney World. ❤️ We are having the time of our lives. Buzz, Woody, and Mickey all said hello!! ✨