This is a guest post by Sherry Samuels, the Patient & Family Services Coordinator for BTFC. She explains why she so passionately loves her work and devotes so many hours to events such as William’s Walk & Run.
About two weeks ago I was at the hospital delivering gas cards to the family of a 3-yr-old there for treatment. I sat in the clinic room with his mom, grandmother, and the doctor, who chatted about anything and everything to keep him distracted as the nurse accessed his port. It saddened me to think of all this sweet boy had been through since his diagnosis two years ago. I looked at his mom and the courage she had holding her dear child.
As families travel for treatment and clinic visits, we are here to offer financial support. As parents sit through the appointments, we are here to offer moral support. As our kids face discomfort most of us will never know, we are here to sit on the floor and play or make jokes to ease the anxiety. And in the meantime, we are here to support all that we can so that this disease will one day NOT be the leading cancer cause of death in children.
While William’s Walk & Run is named in memory of William Nichols, the staff and board at BTFC along with Dan and Kim Nichols (the parents of William) are all proud to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the amazing children who are valiantly fighting this disease, as well as remember the special children who have become the precious angels reminding us at BTFC why we continue to do what we do for our families!