Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Please help our cancer buddy!

Hello our sweet Cami supporters.  Thank you all so much for your support, love and kind comments the last 2 weeks as Cami finished her chemo treatments and we celebrated her long and amazing fight with cancer.

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.

Meet Cheri and Hunter Hansen.  

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):

Cherilyn S. Hansen, “Cheri”, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT.  She was born to John and Dorothy Stanley on April 25, 1975 in Evanston, WY.  She married Phillip Hansen on June 20, 1997 in the Bountiful LDS Temple. 
Cheri loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, water skiing, and snow skiing.  She enjoyed high school sports.  Most of all she loved being with her boys and being part of a big family.  She was an active member of the LDS Church and held several callings.  She received her Associates Degree from Western Wyoming Community College and substitute taught.
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. 

Here is Hunter's CaringBridge journal entry after his mom passed away:
Bad Week

Written Sep 29, 2012 3:43pm

As if that isn't 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.

Here is Hunter's CaringBridge journal entry from today:

Busy Week

Written 3 hours ago
There is not a lot that can be done for this family, but I am asking each of you to help me send them some love.  I want to flood his home with uplifting cards so he knows that we care. Please make them happy and uplifting. Hunter is nine years old, he loves legos and nerf guns. He also has an 11 year old brother named Buster and his Dad's name is Phil, both Buster and Phil will need some support in the next few weeks as their family will go from 4 members, down to 2 members in a matter of weeks.  

Please send cards, gifts or donations to:
The Hunter Family
3800 Sunset Drive #17 RockSprings, Wyoming 82901 

Thank you so much for your help. I cant even imagine what Hunter's father is going through, let alone Hunter himself. My heart is breaking today. Please share this story with others you think might be willing to help.  Lets shower this family with love in their time of need.  Thank you amazing Cami supporters!  We love you guys! XOXO

Hunter Hansen