Warriors for Addie
I'm Karen McKinley. Along with my sisters Steph and Allison, we're raising awareness for our sister Lisa's granddaughter / our niece Kiley's daughter, Adeline, who's been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our thoughts and deepest prayers are with Addie, Lisa, Kiley & Michael, and family members. Our hope is that you too find compassion. Please share this amoung friends in your social media groups so we may at least send as many prayers and supportive thoughts Addie's way. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Adeline Mae Underhill's world is as innocent as a rainbow. She's recently 7. How then could a team of doctors crash into and rob that innocence using terms hurtful and confusing like Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, DIPG, rare brainstem tumor? They did and our family has been devastated. Although surgery is the treatment for many other types of brain tumors it's not possible for DIPG. Chemo is not effective due to limitations reaching a DIPG tumor. Therefore, Addie will receive Radiation Therapy for ~6 weeks at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville to help relieve her symptoms. Addie's family will face daunting expenses during this time including medical expenses beyond insurance, travel, loss of pay, and child care for her brothers, Skyler & Xander. Your heartfelt donations will help defray these burdens.
Most importantly, our goal is for Michael & Kiley to spend some amazing time with their Princess Addie once therapy is completed. If a financial donation isn't possible, anything you can offer as support, even simply your prayers and loving thoughts, would be so very appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Together let's be Warriors for Addie.
God, in your amazing mercy, You know the needs of this child. You know the desires of our hearts. We know the power of Your healing hands. Our faith knows no bounds, no limits. Heal this baby girl Lord! In your blessed we pray. Amen!!
A few weeks ago we were not the family of a child with cancer. Our lives have been forever changed. Michael and I are both in the medical field, but didn't have a clue as to the enormity of this diagnosis. This thing is a beast. It's random. There is no screening test. It strikes quickly. And its' survivability is virtually nonexistent.
Watching Kiley and Michael do their interview with WBIR last night I was struck hard by what they said. The most painful being when Michael said in essence, if funding had been available 40 years ago, we would likely not be having this conversation right now. We failed her, we failed all of them.
I look at Addie, studying her features. I inhale deeply as I kiss the top of her head. I stroke her skin letting the sensation linger on my fingertips. I watch her lips as she speaks and savor every word reaching my ears. I want to take it all in, just in case. I can never forget.
The literature screams at me words that I refuse to hear. For me, for now, I thank the Lord for healing her, for destroying the tumor. There is no option.
As difficult as these weeks have been for all of us, we have seen an outpouring of support
This morning I want to thank each and every one of you!
For those who have offered a shoulder. Those who've prayed for us and with us. For those who have sent notes, cards, drawings, and gifts. To the people who have fed us, baked, and bought. The gas cards and restaurant cards. The researchers. Those who have fielded calls, texts, emails. Those who have donated time and financial support. The fundraisers.
And to all the people who've made our Addie smile BIG! People who donated and helped us give Addie her dream "farm". To the coop builders, silkie donators, and TSC for donating feed and supplies. For Jacob, whom we anxiously await joining us. For the sewers of dolls, the knitters, and crocheters. The beautiful blankets. Precious stuffed animals. Games. Arts and crafts.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU ALL! You've made this fight a little more bearable and made us #UnicornStrong and helped us #FightLikeahooligan -Lisa