Nick

April 2, 2019, our world was turned upside down.  We took our son Nick to the emergency room for a swollen lymph node in his neck.  Hours later the ER doctor told us Nick has cancer and we rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital.  Three nights in the hospital, many tests, and a biopsy later we returned home without any other answers.  A friend put us in contact with Brad and Jen Beetham and their daughter, Madi, a cancer survivor.  Their personal visit was a blessing as they offered comfort, encouragement, and an idea of what our life would become.

The Beethams told us about Cal’s Angels and the wonderful work they do raising money for pediatric cancer research, awareness, and wishes.  Cal’s has been like “Angels” to Nick and our family with his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Nick signed the bike wheel that carried Brad on the Cal’s Angels 2,499-mile War on Wheels Ride.  My husband joined the riders for the last 50 miles of that ride.  For Nick and me, it was inspiring to cheer on the ride warriors at the finish line with other cancer patients and survivors.

Cal’s Angels honored Nick at the Golf Battle of the Networks and the Go Gold football game at Nick’s school.  They granted Nick’s wish for new baseball bats and gym shoes, tickets to watch the Cubs and Blackhawks, and assistance paying his travel baseball fees through the 12 Oaks Program.

We are grateful for all Cal’s Angels has done for Nick.  Their support has kept his spirits up and given him something to look forward to during the most difficult times.

After 5 cycles of chemo it was determined that Nick’s cancer relapsed.  He is currently undergoing more chemo and will have a stem cell transplant soon.

As Nick continues his fight we invite you to join us raising money for Cal’s Angels to support their research effort so that one day no child will have to hear the words “you have cancer.”

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Letter from Nick’s Mom

“Our world was turned upside down on April 2, 2019 when we took our son Nick to the emergency room for a swollen lymph node in his neck. Hours later we were told by the ER doctor that Nick has cancer and by 5:00 that day we were downtown at Comer Children’s Hospital in a world of unknowns. After spending three nights in the hospital and numerous tests and a biopsy we returned home still not knowing exactly what type of cancer it was or how our world was about to change. We were blessed to have a mutual friend that put us in contact with Brad Beetham who came over with his wife Jen and their daughter Madi, cancer survivor. They were able to offer comfort, words of encouragement and an idea of what our life was about to become. They told us about Cal’s Angels and the wonderful work they do to raise money for pediatric cancer research, awareness and wishes. That visit helped us prepare for the coming months and what Nick would be going through with his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nick was able to sign Brad’s bike wheel that would carry him on the Cal’s Angels 2,499 mile War on Wheels Ride. My husband joined the riders for the last 50 miles of that ride. For Nick and I, it was inspiring to cheer on these warriors at the finish line with other cancer patients and survivors. Since then Cal’s Angels has honored Nick at the Golf Battle of the Networks and the Go Gold football game at Nick’s school. They granted Nick’s wish for new baseball bats and gym shoes and in addition have given him the chance to attend a Cubs and Blackhawks game. Cal’s also supported Nick through the 12 Oaks program with assistance paying for his travel baseball fees. We are grateful for all Cal’s Angels has done for Nick. Their support has been so helpful in keeping his spirits up and has given him something to look forward to during the most difficult times. After five cycles of chemo it was determined that Nick’s cancer had relapsed. He is currently undergoing more chemo and will have a stem cell transplant in the near future. As Nick continues his fight we hope to help raise money through Cal’s Angels and support their research effort so that one day no child will have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’.”

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