In 2008, Stephanie Goodwin joined her local chapter of Circle of Friends, a statewide volunteer group that raises awareness and funds for ACH. Stephanie has been the membership chair of her chapter for two consecutive years. Circle of Friends recently designated their gifts to support the new Hematology/Oncology Clinic in the South Wing.
A letter from Stephanie:
My daughter, Haley, was diagnosed with cancer in September 2009. She had been experiencing terrible head and earaches for weeks and her pediatrician had been unable to diagnose her problem.
One Saturday afternoon, Haley woke up from a nap crying from pain. We brought her to ACH and the emergency room doctor ordered a CT scan. We were in the room with her, and when we saw the image come up on the screen, we knew. You could see the tumor immediately.
Our little girl had non-rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that grows in soft tissue. Doctors began her on chemotherapy immediately, and in March 2010, she had surgery to remove the tumor. Haley is now cancer-free, although she will continue to visit ACH for check-ups for the next several years.
For all the patients like Haley and their families who deal with this terrible disease, I am so grateful and proud of Circle of Friends for making the health of kids a priority.
Thanks to Circle of Friends and all of the other volunteers across the state who help support ACH. Reaching the kids who need world-class medical care requires all of us.