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9.24.2013

Cami Strong + Cure the Kids

CANCER BLOWS! You can't really prevent it, you definitely can't stop it altogether, and not only does it take lives and cause the most horrific heartache, but it sucks the victim, and most times their families, completely dry; emotions, time AND money. Did I mention that CANCER SUCKS!?

Okay, there, I just had to get that out of the way because there's no good phrase or sentence for me to use to start this post. And to be honest, when I'm about to get emotional, I turn towards being angry, instead of just being sad... I'm sure that says something about me. lol.

A few weeks ago I was laying in bed flipping through my Instagram feed, when I came across this:

Do you remember Cami's story from our polka dot skirt post/fundraiser in April? and how this sweet little girl was diagnosed with leukemia when she was about 4 years old, and then beat it!? So her wonderful Mom set up a shopping site that sold goods, where a big portion of the proceeds went straight to helping children with cancer? Well... as you can read from the update above, Cami has relapsed and is now fighting for her life a second time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea, Cami's mom this last year when she popped into a garage sale I was hosting to say hello, and just from the few minutes we were together, I could tell that she was one of the sweetest, strongest women I'd ever have the pleasure of meeting. The interview below, with Cami and her parents that was featured on channel 2, tells the full story about Cami's latest fight.

Want to know what's probably worse than watching someone you love more than anything, suffer all of the trials, pains and afflictions of cancer?...

Having to go through it for a second time.
I can't even begin to tell you how hard it is for me to sit here and write this, and even worse, insert and collage these pictures. It literally breaks my heart, because of course, I think about my own sweet baby girls and how I would possibly feel if any of them were going through this; I'm a complete, sobbing mess.

Chelsea wrote something a few weeks back on the Kisses for Cami blog, when educating people on what they could do to help with hopefully finding a cure, saving lives or even just raising awareness for childhood cancer, and it really stuck with me:
" I know it may not be easy for you to read about all of this or look at certain Childhood Cancer photos but how do you think it feels to write about it, to live it? I would much rather be spending precious minutes with my daughter who is fighting for her precious life. It is not easy for you to read, well it is not easy for us to live, or even talk about for that matter, but the truth is, Cami can't do it herself. I have to do it for her. How do you think it would make her feel if she heard someone say "sorry sweetheart but it's just too sad to read about your reality".  Well, I'm sick of that mind set, I really am! So here's what you can do to help Cami and other children with childhood cancer!"

She is SO right! It's super uncomfortable, scary to think about and sad, but this IS reality for so many little kiddos, and even the littlest things can make a difference. That's why I wanted to post about Cami's story today and also let you know that there's a chance this month for you to help, even the littlest bit.
Cure the kids + Cami Strong

Each month P.S. I adore you features a cancer child/family who needs financial help. A very large percentage, if not all of the sales from each item is donated to their foundation to help with medical bills. As you can see, this month Cami is the feature child, and tons of amazing shop owners and Chelsea's own P.S. I adore you business partners, are rallying up to help anyway they can.

So what are all of US asking YOU to do?
JUST GO SHOPPING!!!
PS I adore you
 or, if you don't need anything, simply make a donation to Cami's family.
cure the kids childhood cancer
I know that I can't swoop in and rip the cancer from Cami's body myself (although I'd like that to be my super-human power if I could pick one), but we all know how heavily debt or any kind of financial burden weighs on us, ESPECIALLY when we're going through awful times. So this is a small way that we can help an adorable family take their mind off of one big thing, to focus on the most IMPORTANT... their sweet daughter and first born. $1 or $100, I know that if it were me, I'd be equally as grateful, just because people cared and were willing to make the sacrifice.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

THANK YOU!

24 comments:

  1. Poor Cami! I am 33 and a childhood cancer survivor. I know how it felt to be the one who was fighting for their lives, but now that I am a parent, I can't imagine what my parents felt. Its heartbreaking. This is amazing what PS I Adore You is doing.. I will go shop my heart out!

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  2. Oh Shelley! The PS girls just forwarded me this post and I've been in tears reading it! I'm so glad I got to meet you at the garage sale that day. You are truly an amazing person to care the way you do. The love and support and words like these really do get me through the hard times! Thank you for being such a great friend through this all. XOXO

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  3. I saw her story on the news. I am so grateful you have provided a way we can help her and other kids like her. It seriously broke my heart to watch her story.

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  4. Cami's Mom is right, It is hard to read about the reality of childhood cancer. I have spent just a few min. learning about her fight. But now that my tears are gone, I have such a better perspective on life. Cami is an inspiration. Thanks for the post and info!

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  5. Sheesh, I'm a blubbering mess and this is the first time I'm hearing about beautiful Cami. I've followed two similar stories on Facebook, and it's true...those posts are incredibly hard to read, but I read them anyway. In the least, they heighten my awareness that life as we know it can change at any moment. I will share this post in every way that I can. Thank you for writing it, and introducing me to Cami :).

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  6. Wow, thanks for writing this post and letting us know about Cami's story. What an amazing opportunity to actually use shopping to help others. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Loved the post. My mom was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer last week so I feel like we've had cancer all "up in our face" for a few weeks!

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  8. Poor Cami! We just found out my 46 year old uncle has cancer too. My heart breaks everytime I hear the word cancer.

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  9. I'm so exciting that they found a match for this little sweet angel and that the donor said yes. Let's hope and pray that this will be all this brave girl needs to stay cancer free.

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  10. I'm so excited that they found a match for this little sweet angel and that the donor said yes. Let's hope and pray that this will be all this brave girl needs to stay cancer free.

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  11. My heart is breaking for Cami. I just signed up to receive the test kit to become a donor. God bless her and her family!

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  12. My heart is breaking for Cami. I just signed up to receive a test kit to become a donor. God bless Cami and her family!

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  13. Thanks for posting this. Went to the site and made a donation :)

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  14. What a difficult post. The quote from Chelsea broke my heart and led me to the website to make a donation. The reality is sad, but I can at least do this. I hope it helps ease some of the burden.

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  15. I am very sorry to see this little girl go through this and her parents too. Thank you for sharing her story. She is in our prayers tonight.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this, Shelley. I can't shop, but I can PRAY!

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  17. so sad. such powerful pictures. the one of her with "cancer fears me" written on her head moved me to tears. my heart goes out to them.

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  18. I just donated. Big hugs, loves and kisses to Cami and her family.XXXOOO from San Francisco

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  19. I am so sorry to hear this. I work with kids with cancer every day. I don't know what their plan is to treat her but here is a video of new things that are happening. I know a girl who has a similar story as Cami and was cured by this trial!
    http://vimeo.com/54668275

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  20. My little guy is presently fighting leukemia. His 2 year treatment will be over around Christmas and I know I'll be looking over my shoulder . . . and praying it doesn't come back. I pray Cami and her family stay strong and she rids this cancer for good.

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  21. It is very sad and my friend lost her 8 year old daughter to Leukemia 2 years ago and I just posted a photo of her on my blog because it was her birthday and she would have been 10. Heartbreaking getting the news and a hard breaking schedule watching them go the treatment as well. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  22. Thank you for sharing I went and read about sweet Cami and was so inspired I signed up to join the registry saving just one life would be a blessing I couldnt even begin to describe. I too will shop my heart out!!

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  23. I can't shop but I can pray also. It is such a hard thing. I see the ads on tv and it just breaks my heart. Our grandson was found to have stage 4 all thru his body just days before he was 14. He had to have several surgeries to rid him of the cancer. By the time he was 17 he was cancer free, Thank you God. I pray the same diagnosis for Cami, be cancer free. This is my first hearing about this. We were so lucky with our grandson since my son had especially good insurance so they were left with bills forever. Our grandson also had an excellent surgeon. He spent almost 2 yrs at home fighting the cancer. He's now almost 20 and is a sophomore in college. We are so grateful. Believe I will pray. We had lots of people praying for our grandson during his cancer fight, I believe all those prayers helped him fight it. Now for Cami and all the children fighting cancer.

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  24. I love Cami!!!! She is inspiring and brave and I can't help but smile everytime I see her Picture with the boxing gloves. The P.S. I adore you website is awesome without a doubt. Cool stuff, Cute clothes, fun party goods...just everything one could want. Plus they featured my niece back in June, so you gotta love them. :) Love you Cami Stay Strong.

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