The Lindsey Family
After hearing a doctor say “Your child has cancer,” it’s understandable that many parents can’t quite absorb any of the words that follow. Often, the next few hours become a blur. When the Lindsey family thinks back to the day they learned 5-year-old Emilia had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, one of the first things they remember is that C.U.R.E. was there from the start.
“There were so many questions, so many unknowns, so many fears,” recalls Dan. “The Parent Advocate was one of the first people to visit our hospital room, and that was the first moment we felt like we weren’t completely alone.”
Talking to someone who had herself faced all those unknowns, all those fears, was a boon to the Lindseys. So were the C.U.R.E.-organized events like Parents’ Night Out, which gave them the opportunity to socialize with other families in similar circumstances.
Lyndsay and Dan also appreciated the parking passes that C.U.R.E. gives to families, not just for the financial aspect, but also because it was one less thing to worry about. Constantly shuttling between home and the hospital, with your child’s health foremost in your mind, it’s easy to get overwhelmed; small kindnesses like a parking pass or meal voucher go a long way.
Emilia completed treatment in 2018 and is now cancer-free, but she and her parents continue to support C.U.R.E. and to stay in touch with other families.
“Our Parent Advocate continues to check in on us,” Lyndsay says. “We formed such wonderful friendships because of the C.U.R.E. community, and we’ll always be grateful for the social and emotional support they showed us.”