Sometimes when checking out fellow blogger sites, I will see something posted that I feel needs to be passed on. I saw this request to share the stories of Ethan and Bella, two very brave little 8-year old children, on my good friend Rhonda's blog http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com/ The original post is on Scrap Creations http://scrap-creations1.blogspot.com/ and Kristen is offering this blog candy as a thank you for sharing the stories of these two unbelievably brave children. Please check out Kristen's posting and send some love in cards to two amazing kids, Ethan and Bella.
On March 5th, 2005, when Ethan was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4 - followed by agressive chemo, surgery, a stem cell transplant and radiation. Two years later, in November 2007, a new diagnosis of osteochondroma and on March 18, 2010 Nathan's parents received the devastating news that the cancer had returned. Despite more chemo and radiation treatments, tests revealed there was massive "widespread" progression throughout Ethan's entire skeletal system. Then even more devastating news - he had a brain tumor, which has more than doubled in size and is now causing focal seizures. Ethan is now receiving radiation treatment for comfort only at this point.
Ethan's website is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ethansmith
Bella was a member of the Phantom Gymnastics team at her grade school when she came down with a near fatal infection on Easter Sunday. After five days in a coma she miraculously survived Streptococcus Pneumonia Sepsis with DIC, but her survival from this infection was not without significant cost. The infection caused extensive tissue damage, and on April 27, 2010, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery at Children’s Hospital in Boston with extensive rehabilitation to follow, as she learns to live life without her limbs.
Bella's website is http://www.bellatucker.org/
Both Nathan and Bella would love to receive cards from you! Their addresses are:
27 Donna Street
Nashua, NH 03060
c/o Kristen Catalano
5 Baymeadow Dr
Nashua, NH 03063
Thanking you in advance for your kindness to these two beautiful children - who have gone through so much and continue to fight and endure .