Mile #199 Claire
Claire Rose was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma on May 22, 2014 at four years old. Her tumor was between her 7th & 8th ribs near her spine. She endured 17 grueling rounds of chemotherapy, and multiple surgeries over the course of a year. She had 4 ribs removed, and a spinal fusion. We are blessed to say she has been considered in remission since May 14, 2015. She is now 8 years old, and a gifted competitive dancer.
She has a special place in her heart for other kids fighting cancer, and visits Johns Hopkins where she was treated every Friday night, to spend time with kids currently fighting cancer. She inspired the creation of the Forever Fierce Foundation which raises money to find a better, safer cure for childhood cancer.
Claire has been diagnosed with beginning stage kidney disease caused by the chemotherapy she received. She has also been diagnosed with "failure to thrive," as she is just 43lbs at 8 years old. Even with these side effects, we can't express how blessed we feel to have her here with us. We know she is destined for big things, as "though she be but little, she is fierce."