We, the Mama Kat's family have taken on a very rewarding project. Headed up by our oldest daughter and her youger sisters, they decided to help a local family in need. "What could they do to help they asked". Over dinner that evening the ideas began and the concept was imagined. The girls would bake custom brownies and find as many places to sell them as possible in order to help a local family in need. We have the brownies available at Mama Kat's and hopefully more locations soon. If you'd like to simply donate to the cause the link is below.
This is the story of Benjamin and his fight.
During Ben's 3 yr check up his pediatrician mentioned they now started checking hemoglobin at the yearly visits for kids his age. When it came back it was low at 8.1 (average is 13-15) he was not symptomatic and showed no signs of anything serious so the pediatrician said he must be anemic and sent us home with iron and instructions to return for repeat check in a week. When we went back the next week it was a 6.1 and they told us we needed to go down to rady's because at that level a blood transfusion would be necessary. Fast forward two long nights ( I was 7 months pregnant) and further testing on Saturday morning 11-30-13 the docs came in and told us our baby had cancer. Leukemia! A blood cancer.
He immediately began treatment starting with surgery to place a port (medal device) into his chest. His port which he still has and will have until treatment is over is how he receives is infusion chemo therapies. For the 1st 7 months of treatment he would go for weekly/bi-weekly infusions at the hospital all in different "phases" and different dosages etc.
In July 2014 he started what's called maintenance therapy. Every single night he takes an oral chemotherapy in pill form. On Wednesdays he takes an additional chemo (12 pills). He is on antibiotics on the weekends and for 5 days each month he takes steriods. Every 28 days he goes into rady's for blood work, doctor visit and chemo through his port. Every 12 weeks he gets put to sleep to receive chemo through his spine. This will continue until Feb 4th 2017. 1162 days!
Through it all he smiles, he is so strong and teaches us all about real perspectives every single day. He has 4 brothers (3 older and 1 younger) and they are the most amazing selfless brothers anyone could ever need. They constantly put Ben's needs above their own (which no kids should have to) and are at all of his appointments. With Ben's weakened immune system there are times we are inclined to home and we even pulled them out of school. They are a huge support for not only Ben but mama and dad! We all know how we can feel like we're sometimes failing but seeing your kids smile through the hardest obstacles/trials is the most rewarding.