I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine. Her name is Natalie, and she is 2 years old.
Natalie has cancer.
Natalie’s aunt has been my best friend since the two of us were in kindergarten – we have both been a part of each other’s families as long as I can remember. And when she called me two weeks ago to tell me of Natalie’s diagnosis, I cried with her over the phone for what seemed like hours – though the conversation probably only lasted about 20 minutes.
Natalie’s cancer originated as a Wilms’ tumor in her right kidney. The day after it was discovered – the same day I learned of her diagnosis – Natalie was scheduled to have her right kidney removed. I headed up to the hospital over my lunch break before she went in for surgery. I gave her daddy a gift – this gorgeous Token of Love necklace – explaining that the heart represented all of their friends and family and how much we all loved her, and the cross represented our prayers for her as a reminder that God’s strength is limitless. I wanted her to have something she could hold onto for the rest of her life – to wear into adulthood as a reminder of the immense power of hope, love, and prayer.
This week, she started on radiation and chemo treatments. Her radiation will last 10 days, and she’ll undergo chemo for 25-48 weeks.
From now through the month of October, I will be donating all of my profits from the sale of the Token of Love necklace to a Trust to help Natalie’s parents pay for additional medical expenses not covered by insurance. If you’d like to purchase a necklace and help out the family, contact me at JosiesJewelry@ymail.com or (402) 201-9667.
The cost of the necklace, including shipping, is $28 plus tax.
Update: September 19, 2011
This afternoon, Natalie’s doctors at Omaha Children’s Hospital upgraded her cancer from stage 3 to stage 4 after confirming that she has another tumor on her lung. She will continue on the chemo treatments as originally planned, and they will assess how the tumor responds to the treatment at a later date to determine if additional radiation will need to be done. Natalie’s aunt has set up the Natalie Karen Wilson Charitable account at First National Bank which is accepting donations on Natalie’s behalf. You can donate through paypal or through Facebook by clicking on the links (you may have to first log in to either site to access the donation page), or you can donate in person at any First National Bank branch. And above all, the family thanks everyone for keeping little Natalie in their prayers.