Our story began in late December 2008 when our then 3 and half year old daughter, Alivia was complaining of tummy aches. A seemingly innocent enough trip to the hospital in
A surgery followed a day later which told us that the tumor was bad… very bad. Extensive chemotherapy and radiation and more surgeries would be needed. This was going to take time…lots of time and lots of breaks to go our way. We put our careers on hold and went ahead with the treatment plan, taking life one step at a time. One day at a time. Over the next year, we spent the majority of our time at
Throughout 2009, Alivia underwent 3 major surgeries. 7 cycles of chemotherapy, 60 radiation treatments, spent three weeks in a coma and had hundreds upon hundreds of needles, scans, pokes, and blood tests. Through out it all she never once complained. She had an unshakeable confidence, maturity, sense of humor and love of life that made all those who came in contact with her love her.
Alivia may have left us on March 19, 2010 but her memory and spirit and energy will not. There are many more families still going through what we did. It is this reality that begs us to do something to help others as we were helped. The staggering long term costs of fuel and travel to
These are things we can help through Alivia’s Rainbows. We can get money and support to a family that needs it. We are a non-profit organization and 100% of the money raised goes to families dealing with pediatric cancer situations in
Our daughter made a positive difference in our lives and we can all make a positive difference in others lives if we choose to.
That is what Alivia’s Rainbows is all about.
Craig and Chantal Vanderklei