Our friend has cancer

In the short time we’ve been posting, this blog’s been about a variety of things art related. But recently, a member of the Big Picture Framing family received two diagnoses of cancer in a matter of months. We wanted to use this platform to share with you the challenge that our friend and colleague, Kezia Fitzgerald and her family are facing.

Last May, Kezia and her husband Mike gave birth to their daughter, Saoirse. Eight months later, Kezia was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She began undergoing treatment and documenting the ordeal in her own blog called New Mom… New Cancer. Everyone’s heard the word “cancer”, but few of us know the day-by-day events that take place for those who have it. People unaffected often don’t know what the treatments involve, exactly, or how one’s life is transformed. For us, that’s changed now. We encourage you to visit Kezia’s blog and discover what happens when someone you know is dealing with the unthinkable.

About one year after her birth, Kezia and Mike admitted Saoisrse to the ER when she began to display mysterious ailments. After much head scratching and lots of testing, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor called Neuroblastoma. Kezia had been making real progress in her own battle and we were all feeling a little safer about it. So when news reached us about Saoisrse, it’s safe to say that we were knocked back on our heels. Saoisrse is one of those babies that you’d expect to see in a commercial or magazine ad – utterly adorable and quite angelic. We were heartbroken, but at the same time we thought of Kezia’s strength that had brought so much success in her own battle. Some friends of Kezia’s who are also mothers have organized a fundraiser for the family. The Diaper Derby is a race for crawlers and walkers up to 15 months old. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest babies. There is a $15 suggested registration fee and donations will be accepted. You can get all the details here. In the meantime, we will continue to check in and update you as to how Kezia and her daughter are fairing.

Has a serious illness affected someone in your life?

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Comments

  • Tony deBrito  On May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. It is just the saddest when children get sick. I donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital all year long. Peace, Tony

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