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(Monroe News) - September 29, 2013: Brian and Maryellen Flowers picked up their 4-year-old son, Jude, and held him tightly as many families approached the stage to pick up white balloons to be released at the opening ceremonies of the Toledo CureSearch Walk for children's cancer earlier this month. It was a very heartfelt moment as I watched.
Maryellen could not hold back the tears as the balloons were launched. Jude's eyes were glued to the sky. He whispered over to his mom, "Where are the balloons flying to?" His mother's reply, "They are flying up to heaven to be with the boys and girls who lost their lives to cancer."
I had a hard time holding back tears as I looked around and saw the faces of the families who have lost their children to this disease.
The opening ceremonies continued as Jude and other children were called to the stage to receive a "to honor, to remember, to cure" medal before the walk. It was a special moment for these CureSearch champions, as these children who are in treatment or have survived cancer had medals placed around their necks. Jude, with his painted face from the activities at the walk, was proud, with a big smile on his face.
I wondered if Jude understands what he has gone through and continues to go through with his fight with cancer. Jude was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia on July 31, 2012. Since then he has undergone many trips to Toledo Children's Hospital for chemotherapy. Now, Jude is in remission and cancer free, but that does not mean he is cured. There's a small chance of relapse since the chemotherapy protocol is not 100 percent effective.
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