Each week, Fourth and Gold will highlight a cancer warrior that has bravely and fiercely stood strong against childhood cancer. At Fourth and Gold, we want you to see the faces behind our drive and connect with them in a way 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 April 21, 2018
Summer Worthington, diagnosed with stage Acute Myeloid Leukemia with RAM (an extremely rare phenotype) at 2 years of age
Current age: 3 (DOB 4/19/15)
Favorite Things: Summer loves many things, but sitting still is not one of them! She adores reading books, playing with stickers, being outside in the beautiful weather and dancing like nobody is watching!
Favorite Foods: Macaroni and cheese…. macaroni and cheese… macaroni and cheese.. 😉
If you know Summer, you know that she: Has the most beautiful, lasting smile that can change your day in an instant. Despite all she’s been through, she always seems to be happy.
What you cannot see here is that Summer:
- Has undergone anesthesia and sedation countless times
- Too many needle sticks to count
- Several rounds of chemotherapy
- NG tubes in her nose
- Being on a ventilator
- Missing out on being a toddler
Summer’s mom on what she wishes people understood about childhood cancer: “Childhood cancer is underfunded and NOT RARE”
Hardest part of having a child with cancer: “Helplessness. Helplessly watching them miss out on childhood and helplessly watching them in pain.”