Teams and Walkers
Teams and Walkers
Our introduction to cancer was like many others, which is to say extremely surprising. Prior to diagnosis our son Evan was an inquisitive, outgoing, and energetic 4-year-old. Shortly before discovering he had B-ALL Leukemia he was a shell of his former self often lacking energy to complete even basic activities around the house. Our family experienced many highs and lows during three years of chemotherapy, numerous infections, 10 surgeries, and 2 years of physical therapy. Each one of us has emerged from our journey stronger as individuals, but also stronger as a family having relied on each other for strength after difficult times.
During this time we were introduced to Aurora Day Camp, which became such an important part of our lives. Having a day camp that allows cancer children to be themselves around others facing similar challenges is invaluable. The fact that siblings also get to participate to offset their grief makes a real difference for families. When a family member gets cancer it affects the entire family. We are forever grateful to the staff at Aurora Day Camp for providing hope to families during their darkest hour. Our children are building bonds with other families and staff that will endure for their entire life.
Evan and Nolan started attending Aurora Day Camp in 2018 at ages 6 and 3.5. A normal camp setting was integral at these ages but it also came with the reassurance that all of Evan's medical and physical needs would be paramount, and that Nolan would be included in the fun. The boys, now ages 9 and 6, have attended every summer since and loved the virtual camp last year. We are all so looking forward to seeing many old and new friends and the incredible Aurora team of dedicated staff and counselors as we return to face-to-face camp this summer.
We have been proud to participate in the last two AuroraWALKS; in-person in 2019 and virtually in 2020. We look forward to opportunities to give back to such an amazing organization, and to help spread the word to other families going through similar journeys. You simply have to share the Aurora story and ask -- people will give. We are honored to be an Ambassador Family for this years' AuroraWALKS, and cannot express our gratitude to Aurora enough.
Aurora Day Camp...it's the best camp!