Written by Jennifer Lehmann
In 2002, I came across a beautiful little girl named Christi Thomas.
She was 5 at the time and had just been diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. I soon found myself
venturing through her website and became instantly attached to Christi
and her family. Never did I imagine that she would become such a big
part of my life.
However, she very much has. She fought so hard for so long with such
strength and courage and has taught me many lessons along the way. She
had such spunk and zest for life! I cried and rejoiced with the
Thomas Team as they tried desperately to save Christi's precious life. Christi
endured chemotherapy (41 rounds:high doses and low doses), radiation
(weeks of internal and external high dosages), surgeries (big and
small), Accutane, antibodies (humanized and mouse) and other
experimental trials. Sadly, her
fight ended on September 19, 2006 and I miss her terribly. I will never
forget her super hugs, beautiful smile & endless jokes and songs
(the SpongeBob "Camp Fire Song Song" especially - that was one fun car
ride to Cedar Point!)
Christi was a
member of Mensa - the High IQ Society, became a "pint sized hero"
earning a Clara Barton award - the Red Cross' Highest Honor - for sponsoring so many blood drives,
raised over $12,000 for pediatric cancer research through the Alex's
Lemonade Stand Foundation and inspired countless lives with her upbeat
attitude of "I'm not sick, I just have cancer" as she brought smiles to
other children at her hospital. We will never know just how many lives
were changed because of Christi or how much has been done in her honor.
Christi is why Kids Cancer Crusade began. She has inspired me in so many ways....I will forever carry her in my heart.