Each week, Fourth and Gold will highlight a cancer warrior who has bravely and fiercely stood strong against cancer. At Fourth and Gold, we want you to see the faces behind our drive and connect with them in a way that you wouldn’t have been able to if you didn’t take the stand to demand #MoreThan4! Our precious kids have cancer, but cancer is not who they are.
Week of March 10, 2018
Warrior girl, Charlie Peter, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 18 months in July 2017.
Current Age: 2 (Birthday 1/15/16)
Favorite things to do: Play in her toy kitchen, jump on her trampoline and anything that has to do with her little brother, Cooper.
Loves: Her Mommy and Daddy! Baby brother Cooper, all of her extended family. Any and all kids, appointments to see her clinic family, hugs and smiling
Favorite Foods: Chips, goldfish and any kind of snack! (Hello! What girl doesn’t?!)
If you know Charlie, you know she is: Feisty, funny and extremely loving.
What you can’t see is that Charlie has undergone:
- 8 months and counting of weekly chemotherapy
- Countless blood and platelet transfusions
- Anesthesia multiple times for lumbar punctures and 2 port placements
- Losing her hair twice
While we want you to see Charlie on a good day, please know the reality is there are many HARD days. Hard days of getting her port accessed, hard days of going to clinics 3x a week, hard days of tears, IV’s, chemotherapy, being away from family, side effects and hard days of EMOTIONAL pain on Charlie and her family.
On days where Charlie should be able to go run outside with her little friends, Charlie may not have an immune system because the chemotherapy wiped it out, so she’s forced to stay inside with a mask. On days where Charlie might have an event to attend, her chemotherapy is scheduled and can’t be changed, so she misses out. At 1am when everyone is sleeping, Charlie spikes a fever and has to go to the ER for blood cultures and an automatic at least 24 hour stay inpatient.
Cancer knows no gender, no race and no economic state. Please help us find a cure for little girls like Charlie. It is never your child, until it is.
#FightKidCancer #GoGold #MoreThan4