Greyson

And when thou art weary I’ll find thee a bed, Of mosses and flowers to pillow thy head.  – John Keats

It all started with a pillow…

In the first week of many hospital stays, two women wearing yellow shirts walked into our room and kindly handed me the most amazing pillow.  Little did I know that Cal’s Angels “yellow shirt crew” would become much like the comfort of a favorite pillow.

Our son Greyson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in August 2017 – he was just 14 months old.  I can recall every minute of those dreadful days – waiting for test results from the local ER, getting transferred by ambulance to Lurie Children’s Hospital, and being given the exact diagnosis 3 days later.  Our lives were forever changed.

Like the comfort of a favorite pillow, Cal’s Angels has always been around during our frequent and lengthy stays at Lurie’s – whether to stop by with a greeting, bring lunch, hand out toys, or host an ice cream party.  While isolated in a hospital room with a helpless child and wishing you could be anywhere else, they appear like a dream, bringing smiles, comfort, and concern not only for our wee warriors, but for the parents and siblings.

I remember seeing the faces of our kids light up when they looked out the window to see that Cal’s Angels decorated our house with Christmas lights.  In Fall 2018, Cal’s Angels honored Greyson during a high school football game while the whole school rallied behind us to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.

Every day we are grateful for Greyson’s current health with all that he endures.  This journey we continue is not an easy one.  However, the love and support from so many incredible people in our lives is immeasurable.  – Nina, Greyson’s mom

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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. – Maya Angelou

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Letter from Greyson’s Mom

“Greyson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in August 2017. It was probably the most devastating and hardest day of our lives. Just over two years ago, we were given the news that our innocent 14 month old son had cancer. To hear your own child has this disease was mind-numbing. I can recall every minute of that dreadful day – the waiting of test results at our local hospital ER, being transferred to Luries via ambulance to run more tests, sitting in the ER room for 9 hours to finally be told the news of Greyson’s illness. 3 days later, we were given the exact diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Our lives were forever changed from that moment forward. Fast Forward to today – 5 long rounds of very intense inpatient chemo, news of relapse shortly after chemo ended, several spinal chemo injections, more chemo (3 additional rounds), endless amounts of meds, 2 weeks of cranial and spine radiation, followed by his stem cell transplant, which was an incredibly scary and difficult time. While he was dealt a bad hand and endured so much, we can certainly look back and still have so much to be thankful for. I remember the first week of our many hospitals stays sitting in our room and, in walked a couple of women wearing yellow shirts handing me a pillow. At the time, I thought, that’s nice of them and I suppose I can use a comfy pillow during the long hospitals stays. Cal’s Angels turned out to be more than just that. They have always been around during our frequent and lengthy stays at Luries, whether just to stop and say hello, to bring the floor lunch, handout toys, or have an ice cream party. To be so isolated in your room and wishing you’d be anywhere but a hospital room, they put every effort to try and make it as comfortable and enjoyable for not only our warriors, but for the parents and siblings. Outside the hospital, I remember our kids’ faces light up when they saw Cal’s Angels took the time to come out during Christmas time to decorate our house with lights. In the fall of 2018, Cal’s Angels honored Greyson during a high school football game, while the whole school rallied behind us to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. Everyday, we are grateful for Greyson’s current health. This journey we continue on is not an easy one, however the love and support from so many incredible people in our lives is immeasurable.”

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