Mile #127 Vara
Vara James Gordon was born 11/27/2006 2 weeks late and very full of onions from the very start. She has endured “regular” kid struggles, moves, school changes, parents divorced but nothing in the world could have ever prepared us for the news that would change the course of our lives and expose a hero into this world living among us. On March 11th 2016 we got the call that Vara had a mass on her Kidney and two days later it was confirmed she had cancer. Wilms Tumor. This brave 9 year old girl had her kidney removed and within 12 days was facing 7 rounds of Radiation and 28 weeks of Chemotherapy.
After successfully celebrating her remission status with a party and all her community celebrating her. She spoke at CureFest and captured the hearts of so many with her smile and fearlessness. Unfortunately, she relapsed and was forced to face the monster again. She had relapsed to her lungs and was required to have her Port replaced, her lungs cut into and her spirit challenged again. She was a true hero who endured 35 weeks of treatment and 10 rounds of radiation. She all the while, kept talking to others about childhood cancer, and has even watched two very close hospital buddies pass away. She never turned her back on cancer, and she always stood up for her friends.
Vara has just completed nine month scans again, and we anxiously await a rescan due to a suspicious spot- and we are so thankful that her love for oysters and bread pudding and Tom Mitchell have attached us to such a great cause.
We will always be thankful for everything Stillbrave and Tom have done and do for all the families. I now know two heroes! Vara and Tom!
— with Emily Egan Gordon.