In memory of Afton

We are heartbroken to hear that our Cancer Cutie for the month of June passed away on May 24th. When we received Afton's story we knew we needed to feature her and share her positivity and courageous fight with cancer. Afton was one remarkable beautiful lady. We are sharing her story and will continue to collect donations for her family. All our love and prayers are with the Wallace family at this difficult time. 
This month of June lets pay it forward. Live each day as if it was your last. Keep Afton's memory alive and pay it forward.

Afton Wallace is a vivacious young woman, full of life and full of vigor. She faces each day with a smile and her influence has been great! With thousands of followers on her Facebook page and thousands more in her local community, she has touched so many lives. She says, when you have a video and it’s been viewed 5,000 times or it’s reached over 20,000 people… it’s very impactful,” she said. “It’s like wow, something that is happening in my life is — well people comment and say how much it impacts them and how much it inspires them, and it’s really cool for me.” Afton said the feedback she’s gotten from social media reminds her to stay positive. “It helps me a lot to be like ok, I need to put a smile on my face because this isn’t just about me,” she said. “I’m helping other people with my trials and my willingness to stay positive about this.”

The initial diagnosis:
May 25 2014. Another gut wrenching day. After 8 weeks and 8 doctors trying to solve the cause of her pain in her hip, Afton received the diagnosis that she has a form of bone cancer named Ewings Sarcoma.This cancer is very aggressive and has spread throughout her body. Although treatable, it metastasized and spread throughout her entire abdominal region with spots in her liver, spleen, and other internal organsThe main cancer is in her pelvic bone but has spread to the skull, and spine as well. Those in the skull are the most worrisome. One is pressing on the top of the brain and the other near the pituitary gland, causing slurred speech and potential endocrinological issues. Treatment started immediately to try to reduce the tumors so she could be free of the pain….

Since Afton was diagnosed, she has spent 
120 days in the hospital, undergone 45 radiation treatments and received 70 doses of chemotherapyRegardless that many of these treatments took place nearly 3 hours from her home, She's had hundreds of visitors.

May 2015: After being crowned homecoming queen, named Miss Warren Central High School, chosen as class favorite and voted captain of the swim team, we got the devastating news that not only was the treatment not working, but in the past 6 weeks her tumors have tripled in size and have dramatically increased in number. There are no further standard treatment options available and the tumors are growing so fast they do not believe we will have enough time for her body to recover enough from the latest chemo and radiation treatments for her to qualify for a clinical trial. In fact, they feel that she less than 3 months to live. 

Even with this heart-wrenching news, Afton kept on at it. Her motto has been "Just Keep Swimming". When she first went to the hospital and was paralyzed, she immediately started doing dips on her walker. She should have been paralyzed, but she fought through the pain and is walking. 

Her dream is to attend college this fall. Cancer hasn't stopped her from taking numerous AP classes, scoring a 33 on her ACT and receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Brigham Young University. 
We pray for her to find release from the pain and to know that we've done all we can do to take care of her and that she will be happy.

You can donate here and every penny of your donation will go to her family. Afton,Thank you for teaching us courage and strength. 

May Cancer Cutie Braden

Meet Braden our May cancer cutie. We are so thrilled that he is in remission. We heard about his story last year and couldn't wait to share his story with all of you. Braden you are so BRAVE and STRONG! 

Braden loves the outdoors! We as a family love to go camping and ride our ATV's and go Four Wheeling! He was in the beginning June 2014 having very bad leg pain - I took him to the hospital 3 times in the 4 months and to the doctor 3 times even a physical ! They kept telling me it was growing pains and being a normal boy with the bruising! The doctor at the hospital even told me he may be lying! But I know my son - he handles pain very well and is not a complainer!!! 

September 7th We went on a group trip for our 10th anniversary to Jamaica (our portion was only $1400)! Due to it being such a large group and off season! So we had a entire year to pay on it! 

While we were in Jamaica my mom was watching my kids, Braden was having stomach pains and bruising very bad and went to the hospital! His liver was enlarged and they finally did blood work which then they found the ALL Leukemia! 

It was the worst news I could get! We had to wait like 19.5 hours to get on a plane! The airport was terrible! We couldn't get back fast enough! We could not walk - run - take a boat - drive- we had to wait for the plane - due to it being off season there was only one flight out and it did not leave until 1 pm the next day! 

I have not been able to work! My husband missed a a lot of work and in December we have to stay at the hospital every other week for 2 months for some strong chemo appt! So will miss more! But it is all to cure - make him better!! I would do anything to take his place or make him better! 

Braden is responding to the chemo amazing! He is definitely my little super hero! He is 4 yrs old and is stronger then all of us put together! He use to be afraid of just getting his picture taken at the dentist and now he allows all of them to poke - pinch- get his treatments and take his medication without a fuss! But he does hate to remove the bandaids!! 

Update as of mid April

Braden is doing great! He is in Remission (The best Day of our Life's) it took 4.5 months but he kicked Cancers Butt! It did put him in Very High Risk! It was very hard when the doctors were saying it was gone at day 7! Not expected from anyone! Everyday is a new day we try to take one day / month at a time! He is an Amazing Fighter! I am so proud of him! He spent the holidays and his Birthday at the Childrens Hospital doing high dose Methotrexate!  So he has not been able to do normal kid things but -  We plan to have his Birthday Party at the end of the month;) 

Please head over to and you can make a donation to this strong little fighter. Every penny of your donations this month will go to Braden.

Meet Landon!

It is always emotional and hard to introduce these brave Cancer Cuties. This month is especially difficult for us. This handsome strong boy Landon is the son of our dear friend Chaney.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia Last month. We are all still in shock that cancer has affected another child so close to us. Landon you are so strong and brave. You show this cancer who is BOSS! 
We will continue to bring awareness and support for all these families. Please donate to Landon and show his family lots of love. 
Packer family, we love you with all our Hearts! 
You can donate to Landon at

Here is Landon's story written by his Parents: Michael and Chaney

In the late fall of 2014 Landon was playing in a Tennis tournament in Salt Lake City.   During the match we noticed that he was having a hard time running.  After the match we asked him what was wrong and he said that his wrists and knees hurt.   We didn’t think much of it and figured it was because he was playing a lot of tennis.  Over the next few weeks however his pain worsened.  He would wake up at night with severe pain in his wrists.  It was so bad that he would come into our room in tears.  He was always so tired.  This is when we decided to take him to the doctor.

His pediatrician recommended that Landon give a blood sample to see if that would answer some questions.  His labs showed all his counts to be normal.  The only abnormality was the inflammation in his blood was high.  He told us Landon most likely had Arthritis and we were told to take him to Primary Children’s to see the Rheumatologists.  They confirmed the diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in November 2014.  He received injections in his wrists to help with the inflammation.  Shortly after his knee started hurting again.  They put him on steroids to help with the pain and inflammation.  Over the weeks as we lowered the dose of steroids his pain returned.  Except it was much worse. 

After taking him to the doctor off and on for 3 months, his rheumatologist knew something was wrong.  His pain was not acting like arthritis anymore.  Landon started having other symptoms.  His eye was swollen, he couldn’t lift his arm, he could barely walk on his right knee.  This was concerning to the doctors, so they ordered an MRI in February.

 He was diagnosed with A vascular Necroses or AVN.  This explained the pain but the doctors were confused at why he had it.  They didn’t feel that he had been on steroids long enough to cause AVN.  His blood counts continued to test normal so we knew it couldn’t be cancer.  As a precaution they admitted him to Primary Children’s to do a PET scan and a bone marrow biopsy where they confirmed that he has Pre-B-ALL (Leukemia).  We were all devastated.  Landon thought he would only have to stay in the hospital for 2 days for tests but they moved him to the cancer floor where we stayed for 10 more days.

Being a 9-year-old boy he was very aware of what was going on and we have realized just how smart he is and picked up on everything that the doctors said.  He is having such a hard time not going to school or playing tennis.  Now that he is home he is in better spirits and the chemo treatments are already helping the pain to go away.  He loves being home with his 6-year-old brother and twin 3 year old sisters.  He is the best, most loving big brother ever!  This is so new to us.  We are scared at what we face over the next 3 or 4 years.  We love this little boy.  As scary as this is, we are grateful to finally know what was causing him so much pain these past months.   

Meet Mariah!

We would like to introduce to you our March Cancer Cutie Mariah. This strong lady is a inspiration to all of us. That smile lights up the room and melted our hearts. Mariah you have a army behind you. Continue to be brave and show'm who's boss~! We love and adore you! Stay Strong and fight fight FIGHT!  Here is her story below. You can donate to Mariah at

Mariah is our beloved child from God and is 10 years old! One year ago, in 2013, she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called an Ependymoma. She immediately went into surgery to remove the golf ball sized tumor from the center of her brain. Her surgeon was amazing and, through God's work, he removed the entire tumor. Alex and Jennifer, Mariah's parents, spent the next two weeks in the hospital at her bedside while each day she became stronger. Eventually, she was back to our normal, healthy Mariah!  She entered the 4th grade and spent the year without any complications or mishaps! 

       Mariah's six-month MRI scan showed up with a bright spot which the doctors perceived to be scar tissue. So we all waited three months for her next scheduled MRI only to receive the news that Mariah's tumor had in fact returned aggressively to the same size it was the first time. Immediate surgery for a resection is scheduled for Thursday, May 15th. We will all be at the Children's Hospital of Atlanta praying over the surgeons' hands that he may be able to remove this tumor the best that he can. This, however, is the beginning of a long process of healing for Mariah. A resectioning of the skull and brain brings the scary possibility of new challenges aside from the surgery.  Secondly, this time around will be followed by six weeks of powerful radiation which will be administered in another state in which could be Florida, Texas, or Tennessee. We will keep everyone updated each step of the way as it all unfolds. We do not understand the reason behind this awful illness, but we are proclaiming Gods healing over our baby Mariah and that HIS will to be done. 

She is the toughest little lady and will fight. Jennifer and Alex and Gaby, Mariah's older sister, will need an army of friendships and love and prayers to get them through this time. As you can imagine, this process is going to bring many challenges including exhorbitant medical bills and expenses. Jennifer will be out of work for an extended period of time without pay while Alex will be working intermittently. We love you all and thank you for any support you can give. May God's blessings be upon you every day.
All our Love…..

Meet Bella!

We would like to introduce Bella to you. Our February Cancer Cutie. Her smile can light up any room. We are amazed at her strength and courage. Keep fighting beautiful! You got this! We love you. You can donate to Bella at 
Read her story here.


On August 12, seven year old Bella Meyer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) type B. Since her diagnosis Bella has undergone multiple blood and platelet transfusions, bone marrow biopsies, many surgical procedures and countless rounds of chemotherapy at UW American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, WI. As part of the "highest risk" class leukemia patients, she is just beginning her fight. In December the wonderful team of doctors gave Bella and the family the best news. She is in remission! Unfortunately this does not lighten the load any for Bella as far as treatment goes. Because of her "high risk" status she will continue to undergo all procedures and chemotherapy as previously planned out for the next 2 1/2 years.  Bella and the family will continue to endure weekly trips from Rockford, IL to Madison, WI. 

Bella is a fun loving second grader who is wise beyond her years. Her amazing strength and brave spirit keeps her mom, dad and brother Braxton moving forward every day. Bella is a true girly girl. She loves to sing, dance, swim, and play with her American Girl dolls. Bella enjoys doing puzzles, arts and crafts and making bracelets. She has recently started a little business of making and selling these bracelets in order to save up for more AG stuff. Bella cares so much for others and has made many friends going through similar experiences at UW Children's hospital. She is an inspiration to her family and all who know her!

Meet Miles

This handsome little fighter is Miles our January Cancer Cutie. Here is his story below. Please be send all your love and prayers to this brave little boy. He was diagnosed October of 2014. You can donate to Miles on

Miles you are strong and you will kick cancer to the curb! Keep fighting bud!

Our sweet baby Miles came to the pediatric emergency room after a week of fever and tummy pain. After an ultrasound found a large tumor near his kidney, we were admitted to the Pediatric Dept. at Banner Thunderbird Hospital. Through the week of tests we’ve discovered the cancer to be Neuroblastoma with a main tumor larger than a softball grown next the his adrenal gland. The tumor was too large, well supplied by blood vessels and entangled around his aorta to remove during his biopsy surgery. Further tests show his bone marrow and skull to be infected as well. Miles’ cancer is the most aggressive type with a current survival rate of 40-60%. Our Pediatric Oncologist is Dr. Graham.  He started chemo today and will have marrow transplants, radiation and other therapies once the tumor has decreased to a manageable size.
Miles is the toughest little boy, he’s so sweet, happy and active and previously so healthy. We know we have a huge battle but we will fight it. We are going to beat this and get our baby back to the little boy we all know and love. Our faith is not shaken, we know he is a child of God.

Miss Kylie the Fighting Firecracker

This little doll stole our hearts when we read her story.  She is a fighter and has all our love and support! Stay strong Kylie! We love you!

Kylie is a beautiful and rambunctious 4 year old who was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in July of this year. She is the daughter of Heidi and Daniel. She is also the youngest of 3 kids; Isa (10) and Carson (8). All three kids are homeschooled by their mom, Heidi. 

Kylie is not my daughter, but she is like one of my own. My daughter, Finley, and Kylie have been friends since they were born. They are only about 6 weeks apart and act like sisters.
This is Kylie story…

In September 2012, Heidi and Daniel approached our family with an opportunity. They were moving to Chattanooga, TN. to start a church and wanted us to join them. Our initial reaction was thanks but no thanks. But within a few days we knew God was calling us to go with them. In January 2013, our families moved together and in September we had our first weekly service, with Daniel being the lead pastor.

Shortly after the move, Heidi and Daniel shared with us that they were starting the foreign adoption process. They were quickly matched with a 5 year old boy in Uganda. Over the next year they did all of their paperwork and finally in March they received their court date. Heidi and Daniel quickly packed and jumped on a plane to Uganda to get their son. Daniel was gone the first 2 weeks, but then needed to return to the states. Not expecting the process to take so long, Heidi stayed back in Uganda with their son. Over the course of 8 weeks, they went to court hearings and doctor’s appointments. Things were going well, and they were in the last stage of receiving his visa. Through some investigations, things began to quickly come undone. Heidi had to make the hard decision to come back home while they waited for the visa. She arrived home the Saturday before Mother’s day.

While she was gone, Kylie began to not act like herself. She is normally a very high spirited and independent child. She began to cry for her mommy, which was understandable since her mommy had been gone for so many weeks. Then at the end of April, she spent the night at our home for my daughter’s birthday. That night she came down with a virus and began throwing up. We kept her with us through the night just thinking it would pass. The next morning she continued to get sick and didn’t seem to be getting better. We all just thought it was a virus and would pass in a day or so. A few days later, Heidi returned home. Once Heidi was home, Kylie became very attached to her. She hated to leave her side, which is to be expected after her mom had been gone for 8 weeks but was unlike Kylie! Any time Heidi would leave her side she would get very upset. Initially everyone dismissed the behavior as missing her mommy. Over the next 2 months, Kylie continued not to act like herself. It was starting to get past the point of just missing mommy and getting readjusted. And Heidi began to worry that something else was going on.

In mid June, Heidi and Daniel received word that they would no longer be able to adopt their son. At the same time, Kylie began to run a fever; she was bruising easily, and was always tired. Heidi initially thought she might just be anemic and had a virus. We were approaching the 4th of July and they would be going out of town on a family vacation. During a play date Heidi was telling me about how Kylie was acting and showing me the bruises. I suggested she take her to the doctor, just to make sure. The blood work would take some time and should be back by the time they got home for vacation. Heidi said to me, she thought it might be something more serious then anemia. Due to the holiday and schedules, she was not able to get Kylie into the doctor and had planned to take her once they got home. They left for the beach that Sunday.

On Monday night I called Heidi to ask her a question, and she told me how tired and lethargic Kylie was. She normally loves the beach, and all she wanted to do was sleep. She also had little red dots all over her skin, like she had been poked with a needle. Heidi called her dad, who is a doctor, and he told her to take Kylie in the ER first thing in the morning. 

They next day I woke up to several text messages from Heidi. The first came in late Monday night saying they would be taking Kylie to the ER. The next came early that morning that they were on their way. Within an hour of getting to the ER, the doctor was preparing them for a leukemia diagnosis. Her initial blood work came back negative, but all her symptoms pointed to leukemia. They transferred Kylie by ambulance the Children’s Hospital in Orlando. They stabilized her and gave her several blood transfusions over the next few days, and then next day a bone marrow biopsy was done. This would tell them immediately is she had leukemia or an auto-immune disorder. The biopsy confirmed it was leukemia. The next day they found out what kind, ALL.

Kylie was then transferred back to the Children’s Hospital here in Chattanooga, where she spent the next 3 weeks. She had more blood transfusions, almost every other day. They did another bone marrow biopsy to determine how much leukemia was in her body and they put in her chemo port. The biopsy came back with 85% leukemia blast cell in her bone marrow. The doctor’s immediately started her on chemo and would do a spinal tap chemo every week during her first round of treatment.
At the end of her first 5 week treatment, they did another bone marrow biopsy. We were all praying for a low blast cell count. The test results came back with less then 5% blast cells just after her first round!! God is so good! Just after her first round of chemo her bone marrow was no longer producing the leukemia blast cells! The chemo was working!! At the end of July, Kylie was allowed to go home. She spent 26 days in the hospital. 

Kylie still has a long way to go in her treatments. She has 6 rounds of chemo total. She is responding wonderfully to the treatment. Her parents are planning a head shaving party, and Kylie keeps asking when she can do it. This girl isn’t afraid of anything, and she is already showing her cancer who is boss. 

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