Riley Jadick, 8, and Emily Higgins, 5, are two little girls who represent why we observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month each September.
Riley, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, took her last dose of oral chemotherapy at the end of July thereby ending her battle with
leukemia after 843 days. She was surrounded by her immediate family at home and by extended family and friends – including Blood Bank of Delmarva – via a Zoom conference call.
“After having to get Riley to take medicine every morning and night for almost two and a half years (some nights as many as 18 pills), it was nice to know that we will be able to remove the ones that have the greatest side effects, hopefully, God-willing, forever,” said Robin Jadick, Riley’s mother.
At the end of June, Emily, of Wilmington, Delaware, was taking her own last dose of oral chemotherapy and celebrating with family after 864 days of treatment for her battle against Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
With Riley, Emily and other children in mind, we’ll celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month starting with the September 1 blood drive scheduled to take place at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. Account Manager Desso Bryant will hold this blood drive in conjunction with the New Castle County Police Community Services Unit, which helped us fill 93 appointments at the first 76ers blood drive July 9.