A Picture Worth More Than a Thousand Words

Written by Kelly’s mom, Carolyn 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the ransom for this treasured, priceless photograph would be the Library of Congress.

It just happened to be my birthday in November of 2012 when Connecticut Children’s arranged for a Flashes of Hope photographer to capture the precious image of Kelly (who was ten at the time) squeezing my arm and giggling during one of her many admissions for chemotherapy.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it becomes a dark and frightening time for an entire family. But, Connecticut Children’s knew exactly what our daughter and her family needed to make it through the long and unimaginably difficult treatment necessary to save Kelly’s life. For nearly ten months, Dr. Isakoff, Dr. Silverstein, Dr. Rader, Dr. Cortland and Dr. Campbell led a team of incredibly talented colleagues and staff in a concerted and no-holds-barred effort to make Kelly well in the kindest and most gentle of ways possible.

Although we could not see how far she would come on my birthday in 2012 (because we needed to take one day at a time to get through), Connecticut Children’s captured the awesome power of love and healing just days before Kelly’s 15th birthday earlier this month. Kelly has not only survived osteosarcoma, but, she has blossomed into an amazing and inspiring young woman in the years since her diagnosis.

Words simply cannot express the profound gratitude our family feels for the gift of health and well-being that our daughter has received from this outstanding, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in our own backyard. Without the extraordinary care that Kelly received at Connecticut Children’s, this beautiful picture could never have been taken—And, I do not know how we can ever adequately say “Thank you” for that.

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