Christina, a warrior - just like Maggie - passed away last night.
Christina had been diagnosed about 4-5 years ago and was fighting non-hodgkins lymphoma. She underwent a bone marrow transplant at Riley. She went into remission but the cancer fought back with a vengeance.
Christina was just recently named Homecoming Queen and had just gotten her first car.
Christina and Maggie walked the Survivor lap together this past summer.
Cancer shouldn't happen to kids. Did you know that "Cancer is the most common disease-related cause of death for ages one to twenty, and the fourth most common cause of all deaths, after accidents, homicides, and suicides." (from Cure Search)
As the survival stats increase, so do the number of lifelong side effects that these children have to endure.
Children's cancers do not get the funding like adult cancers do. The American Cancer Society only gives approximately 3% to fund research for Children's cancers.
Christina is no longer suffering - for which we are grateful. However, her family is hurting. Thousands of other families are hurting.
Psalm 91: 1-2 "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”