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CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER

2011 CURE's Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time

Donations as of November 27, 2014:

$793.00 Raised Offline
$3,407.42 Raised Online
$4,200.42 Total Raised

Olivia and Elena Tate

Olivia and Elena's Story

Our family has a date that changed our lives forever….not once, but twice. On April 6, 2004, our youngest daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Five years later on April 6, 2009 our daughter, Elena, was diagnosed with leukemia.

Spring Break 2004, we were at the beach. Olivia, then two, had been tilting her head to the side and stumbling while walking. We quickly grew more concerned when she began waking up in the middle of the night, holding the back of her head and vomiting. We found ourselves headed to the nearest emergency room. They performed a cat scan and we were told that our baby girl had a brain tumor. That is not an easy thing to hear. The walls seemed to close in on us. All we kept asking ourselves was what do we do now? Olivia was flown from Florida to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she underwent a successful surgery to remove her tumor. It was then that we learned her tumor was a juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. We were soon back home thanking God for all of the wonderful people He had put in our path and for getting us through this ordeal.

It was amazing how quickly Olivia recovered from major brain surgery with little side effects. Life as we knew it resumed. Surgery was the only treatment necessary for Olivia and we were ready to move on. Which we did. Over the next three years, Olivia had eight follow up MRIs that all showed no signs of a recurrent tumor. In July 2007, that changed. We were told what was first thought to be scar tissue, was actually a recurrent tumor. Here, three years later, the news wasn't any easier to hear. Olivia's neurosurgeon carefully watched the tumor and on June 6, 2008, he performed a second surgery on Olivia. All went well and today, three years and five post-surgery MRIs later, Olivia remains tumor-free.

Spring Break 2009, we weren't at the beach. Elena had been having severe back and leg pain. With our pediatrician's guidance, we were trying to figure things out. While waiting at Scottish Rite for a scheduled MRI, the pediatrician called and said, “It is leukemia.” Once again, simply stated words had drastically changed our lives. It felt like the world had stopped turning. We couldn’t process it. Three difficult months followed Elena’s release from the hospital. It was all so very different from our experience with Olivia. We couldn’t believe that after going to the Aflac Cancer Center with Olivia for five years, we would now be taking our other daughter there as well! Slowly, life slowly began to settle. Elena has completed numerous chemo visits, lumbar punctures, blood and platelet transfusions, emergency room visits, infections, and a life threatening hospital stay. On August 3, 2011, she completed her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia!

While our girls’ treatment journeys were vastly different, the anxiety and pain were the same. Today both girls are beautiful examples of what it means to be a survivor. They both handle their late term effects from treatment with perseverance and grace. Elena, now 12, is strong and spirited. Olivia, now 9, is caring and confident. Although the past seven years have been challenging, we have been richly blessed with amazing support from our friends, family, church, and even strangers. Our lives have been forever changed, but God has been in the details and He continues to bless us every day.

The battle for a cure continues. Every day children are fighting this horrible disease. The impact of cancer hurts everyone. It robs families of so many things: their joy, peace, time, health, finances, relationships, and even their own children. We can’t stop fighting until there is a cure. Please consider being a part of this fight!
 

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Walnut Grove Elementary School
$633.00*
Jill Clay You guys or should I say girls are awesome!!! :)
$25.00
Anonymous Love to the Tate Family
$50.00
Aunt Debbie & Uncle Mike Much love to such a beautiful family.
$100.00
Jane and John Robertson All of our love to a beautiful family
$50.00
The Ivy's Love y'all!
$50.00
Diane Adams In honor of 2 lovely girls
$60.00*
Susan Flood Two beautiful, wonderful girls
$25.00
The Oliveaux Family Loved seeing u on the cover of CureReport miss you
$25.00
Joy Cartwright Amazing story...Love to all of you.
$25.00
Tim and Rebecca Clark For an amazing family! We love you and miss you!
$149.42
Uncle Andrew, Trenton and Ms Beth Sending all our love from Kentucky to Georgia
$140.00
Brad and Shelley Carr In honor of a family who honors God in all things!
$100.00
Claire and David Collins Thinking of you.
$500.00
Anonymous Love you and so proud of you.
$50.00
Trip and Lori Eberhart Keep up the great fight!
$30.00
Jamie Shew Your girls are beautiful. Stay strong.
$30.00
Bob Livingston Much Love, Uncle Bob
$100.00
Gloria James Great to hear the girls are doing well!
$50.00
The Spaces What inspiration ya'll are for our family!
$25.00
Dr. Charlotte Khan Okay... had to get you to your goal!!!
$83.00
Dr. Charlotte Khan and family Love you guys!
$100.00
The Thornberry Family Your a shining example of God's grace!
$25.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Ken & Sue Fikes We see Jesus in each of you.
$50.00
Randy, Leah, Savannah, Molly Lee We miss you guys!
$100.00
The Moncrief Family You are special! We love you guys!
$200.00
Grandpa and Grandma Tate, Natalie and Sage God loves you so much He gave you loving parents
$200.00
The Vallejo Family XOXOXO
$25.00
Gram, Gpa, and Bucky We love you this much <------------------->
$100.00
The Tiffany Family
$50.00
The Lett Family Your sweet family puts a smile on our faces!
$100.00
The Durbin Family God's light shines through your family
$50.00
janet,mark,lauren and kyle yall are awesome!!
$50.00
Rick and Sue Menhorn You are an inspiration to all of us.
$25.00
The Casapus
$100.00
The Nauerts' You have shown us what real courage is.
$100.00
Anonymous
$25.00
The Vickers Family We love you bunches!
$50.00
The Weavers We love you!
$25.00
Jewell and Henry Meyer Your joy and witness have spilled over on us - Praise Him, all ye children.
$100.00*
Randy and Paulette Slone We love you
$200.00
Uncle David, Aunt Lori, Seth, Mallory, and Camille We love you and are very proud of you.
$100.00
Grandma Pat and Grandpa Karl We love you so very much !
$100.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$793
Raised Online
$3,407
Total Raised
$4,200