November 14, 2012
My 9 year old daughter Zoe was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumor and had to have immediate resection surgery at OU Children's Hospital in April 2009. According to protocol she would also need radiation and chemotherapy treatment so in order to be closer to family we decided to relocate and continue her care at Miami Children's Hospital, Florida. For over a year Zoe did very well but the tumor came back and she had to have a second surgery in October 2010. It was then, through the staff at MCH that we learned of BTFC. BTFC stepped in and helped us when we didn't even realize that we needed help! They assisted us in paying several bills and travel expenses, which was well needed since we lived 2 hours away from the hospital and had other children. Their help allowed my husband and I to focus on Zoe's recovery as this time she also needed occupational, physical and speech therapy. When we returned home from the hospital, our mail man delivered huge box to our doorstep. Inside we found all sorts of goodies for not only Zoe but enough to share with her siblings. We were all excited, I only wish you could have seen her dimple filled smile which lit up the room! Since then BTFC kept in touch with us through emails and cards. Sadly Zoe passed away on December 11, 2011 at age 12 due to a third occurrence. Again, BTFC was there to assist us with several of our living expenses and also Zoe's final expenses. This time we focused on our broken hearts and those of our other children. You see, when you no longer have to go back and forth to the hospital for check-ups and treatments, when you no longer have to make appointments and fill prescriptions, when doctors no longer call and your extended family goes home it intensifies the fact that your child is gone. Then one day when our world had stopped, I heard the doorbell ring and looked to see our mailman holding a small box. Inside was a beautiful angel that was sent to our family from BTFC. It made our day, as was a gentle reminder that someone still remembered us, that someone still cared and that there are many other families like ours still fighting for their kids battling brain cancer.
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