Ashleigh and her friends are running in the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan's 5k (click here), in memory of sweet Carly. Team name: Carly's Angels. Reason being; Carly LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Ashleigh's friends! Even tho, Carly is now, likely their angel watching them from above, we all thought the team name was quite fitting. Those girls cheered her on and visited her throughout our experience with this evil, nasty cancer. Carly had more big sisters than any kid I know!
The girls are trying to raise at least $500. I realize most of you who read this blog, are not from Michigan. However, leukemia was a HUGE part of our lives with Carly. She was diagnosed with it in Sept '04 and from that day forward, it was our life. Countless hospital stays, tons of toxic chemo drugs, several surgeries, several bone marrow biopsies, several very near death experiences, many clinic visits and blood draws, X-rays, ultra sounds...the list goes on and on and on.
Although Carly was born with Down syndrome, and stood about an 80% greater chance to develop leukemia, none of us are exempt from this horrible blood cancer. Not me, not you, not your children. This is a very worthy cause and one that will always be near and dear to our hearts.
Ashleigh has participated in the Relay for Life before. She and her team raised a very nice chunk of change! That time, she walked in 'honor' of our sweet girl. Her team will now walk in 'memory'. Which makes us all so very sad.
If you find it in your hearts, to help with this worthy cause the girls would greatly appreciate it. Any amount at all helps. Again, click here, if you care to help out .