Walk with Us! Choose a 1-mile OR 4-mile course. Grab your friends and family for a fun 1-mile stroll – starting at the South Shores Boat Ramp and crossing through SeaWorld – or enjoy the longer scenic route that continues around Mission Bay. Either way, you’ll cross the finish line back at the Boat Ramp to enjoy games, food and fun at a special celebration. The Shamu & You Family Walk is a great way to support Family Reach Foundation’s efforts at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego – and enjoy a fun morning at Mission Bay with your family and friends.
Shauna had no idea that her life would soon be turned upside down. In late February 2010, Shauna noticed that the belly of her very young daughter Madison seemed bigger, and so she quickly took her to the doctor. The enlarged belly turned out to be swelling in the liver and spleen caused by Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a common form of childhood leukemia. Madison was diagnosed on March 1, 2010 at 18 months old.
Almost from the start, Shauna was dealing with an emergent situation, the first of several during the course of Madison’s illness. Like so many other children going through cancer treatment, emergent visits to hospitals for treatment of infections were not uncommon for Madison. Shauna marvels at the resiliency Madison has shown in life threatening situations, “She’s always pulled through.”
Like so many families dealing with cancer, Shauna incurred new expenses associated with their daughter’s treatment while simultaneously having to adjust to a lower household income. Shauna had to stop working in order to care for Madison. The family had to reach out to families, friends and organizations to meet their everyday living expenses in addition to the new expenses associated with Madison’s treatment.
Family Reach Foundationis one of the organizations that have come to the family’s rescue as they struggle to meet their financial obligations so necessary for maintaining the stability needed for Madison’s ongoing and successful treatment. Shauna was amazed and deeply grateful for the assistance provided by Family Reach. “It was awesome! I just needed it. I’m beyond thankful. I would do anything I could to give back.”