National Cancer Survivors Day is held annually on the first Sunday in June to celebrate cancer survivors. To mark the event, scheduled for June 2, 2013, The Savannah Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter is paying tribute to two local leukemia survivors, Sam age 5 and Cora age 6, for their extraordinary courage in the face of their disease.
Sam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on November 11, 2011 and is currently in treatment. His treatment protocol has been chemotherapy and he will be on maintenance drugs until January 2015. Sam loves riding 4-wheelers, playing with matchbox cars and his favorite thing is his Grave Digger Monster Trucks. Sam has two adult siblings – Michael and Lauren. Sam’s family is very grateful for the very positive prognosis that he has. His Mom and Dad reminded us recently that 10 years ago, children didn’t always have the success that families like theirs are seeing with Sam’s diagnosis and treatment. They are grateful for all the LLS is doing to fight leukemia. Cora was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on November 13, 2008. Her treatment protocol included three years of chemotherapy and numerous bone marrow aspirations. Cora successfully completed treatment in the spring of 2011 and today she lives a normal and happy life. Cora loves gymnastics, dancing and swimming and some of her favorite things are art projects, playing outside and doing cartwheels. Cora’s diagnosis has brought her family closer together and taught them to view life as precious. Today, Cora is in remission and doing very well. Cora has an older brother, Cade and younger sister, Clara. Her entire family is so grateful for everything The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does to support patients and their families.
Sam and Cora have recently been recognized as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Boy and Girl of the Year for the inaugural Man & Woman of the Year Campaign in Savannah, which concludes on Friday, May 31st at the Grand Finale Gala at the Morris Center. “Individuals like Sam and Cora who survive cancer are an inspiration to others faced with a diagnosis,” said Jean Doliber, manager of the Savannah Man & Woman of the Year campaign. “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society wants patients and their families to know that we are there for them, with services and support.”
For more information, visit: www.NCSD.org.