Mikey’s Way Childhood Cancer Heroes Blog Entries

  1. Meet Lynette: Giving Back

    Her mission is to help other kids who are sick.

     

    Lynette’s smile is captivating. Wise beyond her years, she has endured too much at such a young age. Yet her outlook on life is positive and upbeat. It is her bravery, her compassion and her love of life that inspires all who meet her.

    At seven months of age, Lynette came to her family as a foster child. She won their hearts immediately and her family began what would become a very long adoption process. Lynette and her two siblings, also foster children who “never left”, settled into a happy family life. But when Lynette turned 8, she discovered skin lesions on her body and her happy life turned upside down. Surgery was needed and soon after she learned that she had Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in the body. Lynette’s life became CAT scans, hospital visits, morphine pain drips and lengthy periods of loneliness and boredom during the long hours of treatment.

    On one particular hospital stay, Lynette met Les Friedman during a Mikey’s Way Day. Lynette’s mom vividly remembers that day, “I didn’t know what to expect. I cried because it was so overwhelming. There were so many electronics on the cart, I just stood there and cried. I remember thinking, I have my daughter in the bed and he doesn’t have his son.” Lynette had the opportunity to select an electronic from the cart. Overwhelmed herself, she thought carefully before selecting an iPod Touch, the perfect device to help pass the long hours of boredom and isolation during her treatments. read more →

  2. Mikey’s Way Childhood Cancer Heroes

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A message from Les Friedman, Mikey’s Dad:

    To those of us who knew and loved Mikey and to all those who have since been touched by his determination to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, Mikey is indeed our hero.

    Each day across the United States and around the globe, childhood heroes face life-threatening illnesses with the same grace, determination and strength that Mikey did.  These are the brothers, the sisters, the sons, daughters, relatives and friends of the people who love them as deeply and as profoundly as we love and cherish Mikey.

    It is only fitting that we dedicate a blog category to recognize and honor some of the many childhood cancer heroes that we have had the honor and privilege to meet. They inspire us each day as we carry out the work that Mikey began.