Unfortunately, today cancer veered its ugly head once again and is claiming one of our sweet cancer buddies. I am writing about this family today because you have all been so wonderful to support our family, I need any of you that are able to please focus your support on this family.
Cheri is a fellow cancer mom. Her 9 year old son Hunter was diagnosed with leukemia (AML), he went through treatments, but unfortunately his cancer returned. He was then told he would need a bone marrow transplant to rid his body of cancer again. On September 18th 2012, while he was still at Primary Children's Hospital recovering from his transplant, his mother suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Here is Cheri's obituary (found here):
Cheri is survived by her husband Phillip Hansen, her two sons; Phillip Jr., and Hunter Hansen, all of Rock Springs, WY. She is also survived by her parents, John and Dorothy Stanley, of Rigby, ID; a brother, Curt Stanley, of Rigby, ID; and three sisters, Cathy (Stan) Jones, of Denver, CO; Carrie (Randy) Miller, of Santa Palua, CA; and Cami Mueller, of Evanston, WY.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Shaelyn Dorothy Hansen.
As if that isn't enough...today the family learned that Hunter's cancer is back for a second time and there is nothing more the Doctors can do for him. They told his father (who also lost a baby girl 12 years ago) to take Hunter back home to Wyoming and make him comfortable while he lives out his last days on earth. Hunter is old enough to understand what is happening to him and he is still mourning the loss of his beloved mother who he will soon be joining in heaven. It is just beyond heartbreaking.