This is the most important blog I´ll ever write. The most important because it has the potential to forever change the lives of two little heroes; Laney, a little cancer survivor and Grace, a brave cat that defied all odds and defeated terrible injuries inflicted by man.
The most important because, if shared and read, it could inspire people all over the world to never stop fighting for what is right.
Laney was born in 2009, the day after Christmas. Her first three years were wonderful. She was healthy, the fairy tale princess of a loving family that adored her. She loved Disney movies.
Curious and happy, she was a delightful baby with a disarming smile, very close to her slightly older sister.
It all came to an abrupt end the 21st of May, 2012 when Laney was rushed to the hospital with strange symptoms that looked like strong abdominal influenza. Doctors immediately suspected something… they performed an MRI and found a big tumor in her brain.
She was operated that same day, her head had to be drained of fluid.
Two days later Laney was operated again… a desperate effort to remove the tumor that was killing her.
It was a 14 hour operation.
14 hours. She went in at 8 am, came out at 10 pm. Imagine that…
It was a miracle that the doctors were able to remove the entire tumor.
Laney spent 4 days in a coma, and when she finally woke up she had to follow 10 months of chemotherapy and six weeks of daily radiotherapy under complete sedation.
In total, she spent 178 days in the hospital.
The whole treatment took 15 months. 445 days of the most excruciating suffering a young child can go through.
Kids following cancer treatment are given a token of their bravery, of which they are all very proud, a “Braveness Chain” made up of beads. Every bead=1 treatment… Hers is 4,83 m long and has 401 beads.
Doctors placed a lot of restrictions on Laney. Food, hygiene measures, everything around her had to be sterilised. Her entire life was under strict control. Doctors advised her family to get rid of their four cats.
Every suggestion was strictly followed, except for one. The cats were part of the family, they would go nowhere. If the cats went away the family would break, and when the spirit is broken, the body couldn´t heal. After the treatment ended, the doctors and nurses conceded it was the right decision and had been an important reason for Laney´s extraordinary resilience and state of mind.
Both Laney and Jolina, her older sister, suffered greatly during this period. Both of them are currently undergoing therapy to recover from this traumatic period. This is a family that in the midst of tragedy and at the edge of the abyss, chose to stay together and didn´t leave their animals behind.
A family that truly values each and every member the same. One for all and all for one.
Last month, this beautiful family wrote a letter to me… in it they expressed their interest in adopting one of our cats…Grace. A cat that had gone through an ordeal and torture of her own. A cat that arrived to us completely destroyed, and through months of daily treatment, managed to find her strength and survive!
They had fallen in love with Grace and her strength. It was a match made in heaven. There was only one problem… Grace is in Spain and they are in Germany. Grace would have to fly to them…
I have rescued animals for 15 years and by now I have seen it all…but Laney´s story? Laney´s story has shaken me to the core. Because of this, I want to throw a very special fundraiser… Today I want to ask your help in making a little warrior girl´s dream possible.
Laney´s battle against cancer is not over. Twenty years ago every kid with a brain tumor would die. Today 55% of them survive. The odds are in her favour.
Today I want nothing more than to make Laney and Grace happy. I want to be able to fill both of their lives with the presence of each other. And I want to give Laney and her family a surprise gift IN YOUR NAME… a gift that they will never forget. I want to make a dream come true for Laney and her family.
I want this to be our most beautiful rescue. The rescue of a little girl and a little cat, a magnificent show of love, appreciation and support.
I want this to be unforgettable.
Help us to unite Grace and Laney.
UPDATE 26 JULY…
THIS IS US TURNING DREAMS INTO LIFE…
HELP US CONTINUE FULFILLING DREAMS.. and if you can´t donate, please at least SHARE…
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