Childhood should be full of laughter, running, jumping, skinned knees, learning and love. For some kids, like Hazel, it becomes a battle for their very lives against cancer, which takes the lives of more children in the US than any other disease – in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes.
Hazel Hammersley of Simi Valley, California has been fighting her own battle against Stage 3 Neuroblastoma since she was two years old and we’re proud to say we’re raising money for her and children like her through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, whose assistance helped save Hazel’s life.
Galaxy Draperies was founded and is still run today by our family, the Baker family, and community has always been important to us. Hazel’s family and ours have very special ties of friendship that started over 56 years ago when at two years old, Diane Baker moved in next to Hazel’s grandmother Linda. They became best friends, and still are today, and we’ve shared in Hazel and her mother Lauren’s journey as they fight for their daughter’s life. Diane has been there with Linda and her family through thick and thin, including the multiple times that Hazel came very close to death. (You can read more about Hazel’s story on her mother’s blog.)
The last round of treatment Hazel underwent was a trial that St. Baldrick’s Foundation made possible through donations. Because of this treatment, Hazel is currently cancer-free.
However, even when a child survives cancer, their life is forever changed. Simply undergoing therapies as children can cause damage to their developing bodies’ that affects the rest of their lives. Childhood cancer is unlike adult cancers and requires very different treatments.
We are so proud to help support the very organization that has helped save Hazel’s life, and we’re sponsoring St. Baldrick’s 2nd Annual Ever After Ball, an event here in California to help raise money to help children just like Hazel, because all kids deserve a chance at a normal childhood, as well as help with the lifelong challenges that they’ll face, even after they’ve beaten their cancer.