In the early hours of June 2008, Helen Kornick surfed the Web to find help for her daughter Heather, who had recently been diagnosed with adrenal cancer. The 20-year old was originally misdiagnosed and left untreated for a year and a half. Now, the cancer had metastasized and her mother was desperate for information.
On a website where patients, caregivers and medical professionals share information about this devastating disease, Helen posted Heather’s story. Almost immediately, she received an e-mail from Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Endocrine Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“He left his phone number and said to call him immediately,” Helen recalls. “It was 6:30 in the morning.” Continue reading →
Michael Anderson received his first chemotherapy treatment on Christmas Eve, 2010.
The fundraisers from Kensington Valley Hockey Association, including the Anderson family, present a donation worth more than $12,000 for the Mott Children's Hospital oncology division to Drs. Nicholls and Castle. Michael is in the center, next to his twin brother Sean.
The Anderson family spent the holidays at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, their room decorated with lights, a tree and even a leg lamp like the one in A Christmas Story. Word about the festive display spread quickly, and visitors from other floors came to see. Donated holiday gifts were being given to patients and Michael’s mother, Kathleen, said this first stay at Mott immediately showed them the warmth and giving found in the hospital.
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