Two nationally recognized C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital physicians recently authored an article in response to shortages of methotrexate, a drug used to treat children with the most common form of childhood leukemia. A few of our Facebook fans and Mott family members have inquired about the shortage over the past few months, so we wanted to share the article on our blog as well.
Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer. The doctors say they have a medicine that is a game-changer, a cancer-beater, a life-saver. It has been all that for the last 50 years, for tens of thousands of children in the United States with leukemia.
Gracie's battle with cancer inspired The Original Murdick’s Fudge of Mackinac Island to support Gracie's Fund for leukemia research at Mott Children's Hospital.
At age four, Gracie Irish was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“My husband and I were in complete shock,” says Gracie’s mom, Amy Irish. “We were numb.”
After sharing news of Gracie’s diagnosis, friends of the Irish family recommended they visit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for treatment. Acting on the recommendation, Gracie was airlifted from their hometown hospital to Mott by U-M’s Survival Flight crew.
Amy remembers this first interaction with U-M staff vividly.
“I was sobbing at this moment and a member of the flight crew immediately came over to reassure me,” she says. “He said, ‘don’t worry, she’s going to a great place – my own son was treated at Mott and is now a successful college student.’ It gave me a sense of hope from the very start.”
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