Rachael had a large tumor, a neuroblastoma that had no known “cure.” Treatment would take up to two years to complete. She would need six rounds of chemo, surgery, radiation, a stem cell transplant, and more. Her aggressive tumor didn’t allow her enough time and her battle with pediatric cancer ended nine months after it began. She was 2 years and 8 months old.
Our family was heartbroken. We watched Rachael endure countless needle sticks, four central line placements, rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, four major surgeries, tube placements, bone marrow biopsies, countless scans, a destroyed immune system medications and other treatments that had terrible side-effects, and much more. Yet through all that, Rachael ran her race with courage, love, and grace. Even until the end, her eyes danced and she always managed to smile.
Rachael has gone to be with God, but she will live on in the lives of everyone she touched in her short time here. Rachael has changed my family forever.
In the wake of Rachael's passing, I wanted to do something to help families like mine. We decided to have an event called Rachael’s Run to commemorate her life and to raise funds and awareness for families fighting childhood cancer. Rachael's Run 5k and Family Fun Run has raised over $50,000 for pediatric cancer since its start in 2009.