The Buttel Family and the Man/Woman of the Year Campaign
In February of 2008, Tracy Buttel was devastated when she learned the news that her 16-year-old son was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).
As they went through their cancer journey, they discovered that the survival rate has increased from 1964 to 2007 for children under 15. What would have been a death sentence for Nathan 30-40 years ago was not today due in large part to the money provided for research by organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Today, Tracy and her son, Nathan, support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their “Man/Woman of the Year Campaign”. Tracy shares her story.
We were devastated when our 16 year old son was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). All the things we hoped for him were in question. He was immediately admitted to American Family Children's Hospital where the care he received was more than we ever expected – staff that truly cared about us (from the doctors to the cleaning staff) combined with leading-edge treatment.
Nathan, who is done with the treatment phase and in the surveillance phase, is currently a physically active junior succeeding in college - amazing. As we went through this journey we discovered that the survival rate has gone from 3 percent in 1964 to 91 percent in 2007 for children under 15.
Although these statistics are amazing, across all blood cancers there is still more to do - not all blood cancers share statistics this positive and until all are 100 percent there is work to be done.
This March begins the Man/Woman of the Year Campaign for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At Applied Tech, where I work, my co-worker and friend Julie Sheldon has decided to participate in honor of the families who have been affected by leukemia (I have other co-workers who have also been affected by leukemia).
If you're interested in learning more, follow the Team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamSheldon2012