A delightful young girl we have been honored to get to know was recently featured on KPLU 88.5 Radio in Seattle. Greta is such a sweet girl, listen to how her story intertwined with that of a young adult, Nina when they became roommates at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Story by Gabriel Spitzer KPLU.
Posts Tagged ‘retinoblastoma’
Some days we have the opportunity to watch something truly spectacular and healing occur when our patients meet each other. Today was one of those days. The devastation of retinoblastoma has the potential to tear a lot of people apart, today it brought two young ladies together in hope and friendship.
Ashlyn is a sweet 2 year old who came in today to get her first prosthesis. She has been a bit tentative of the whole process of trying on her prosthesis. Coincidentally, (if you believe in coincidence) Sydney a very sweet 16 year old came in to begin the process of a new prosthetic eye. Without any prompting, Sydney introduced herself and showed Ashlyn how easy it was for her to put in and take out her own prosthetic. Ashlyn’s cute little brown eye got so big and her heart grew so brave. She sat right down and did an amazing job of allowing us to install her prosthetic eye. She was so brave and so proud of herself. We are so proud of her and Sydney and their parents who were able to witness this very sweet and hopeful moment in time. Thank you Ashlyn and Sydney for warming all of our hearts today!
We are so happy to have found Specs for Little Heroes last year. We were so impressed with this organization that our office voted to support them this year. Many children have been blessed by the work of this organization – ensuring that children affected by retinoblastoma can receive and wear appropriate and well-fitting glasses to protect their eye(s).
Specs for Little Heroes was founded by Erin & Adam LaFleche after their son Justin was affected by retinoblastoma. They discovered the high cost of protective eyewear for kids and that insurance often will not cover this necessity.
Check out this story on KTVQ in Billings, Montana about Brynn Pule – certainly one of the cutest little ladies we know! What a delight that this family can share their struggles to encourage others. Thanks Brynn!
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Laurie Erickson runs a company out of North Bend, Washington, The Finest Accessories, who makes hair accessories sold at Nordstrom and Sak’s Fifth Avenue. A ministry of hope and encouragement has been borne out of one of her customer’s requests for a hair accessory for those who have lost their hair due to cancer. This could be helpful to those who have lost eyes due to cancer and also lost their hair through treatment. Many patients are affected by interocular melanoma, choroidal melanoma, retinoblastoma and other types of cancerous tumors. Read more about her response to this request in this Seattle Times article.