Oliver Zane Emerson was diagnosed on with neuroblastoma cancer in 2011.
Oliver was a little boy who would announce to the world he was "happy." He was affectionate, inviting you into his strong hug with open arms. “Cancer not only took the presence of Oliver, our little boy, it gave us a life full of absence. A voice not heard laughing in the yard, an empty place at dinner, fewer presents under the Christmas tree. The little brother is gone, the knock knock jokes are never said, and the Legos are left unbuilt,” said Derek Emerson, Oliver’s father.
The Emerson family underwent treatment with Oliver for nearly three years. The in-hospital #chemo treatments, a bone marrow transfer, and clinic visits and clinic visits and clinic visits. “Our son was treated by the best doctors and participated in clinical trials. But pediatric #cancer gets a small share of funding for research. Research that may have saved his life,” said Emerson.
Photo: @childhoodcancerinternational/Courtesy of the Emerson family ***
International Childhood Cancer Day is held annually on 15 February to raise awareness about #childhoodcancer and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors and their families.
The Day spotlights the need for better treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere. While childhood cancers represent a small fraction of total cancers, more than 150,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and the number is expected to increase.
These cancers are generally treatable, and more than 80% of #children can survive if provided with accessible and appropriate treatment. Relatively small investments can make a large impact on the life of a child with cancer.