Labor of Love 2018

The Walker Family

Save the date - April 21st 

Amy and Bryan Walker have been blessed with three children, Evelyn (6), Jack (2 1/2), and Owen (9 months).  When Amy was 20 weeks pregnant with Jack she discovered that Jack had a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot. Because of necessary precautions, like avoiding even common colds that could risk Jack's life, Amy left her career as an oncology nurse to care for her newborn baby.  Jack had his first open heart surgery at 4 1/2 months old. Jack is thriving, but continues close monitoring as he will need future heart surgeries to adapt to his growing body and its demands. 

Baby Owen was born healthy. This August he was diagnosed with B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Earlier in the summer, Amy and Bryan had discovered two lumps in different locations on Owen's body.  The lumps did not change, nor go away, so Amy urged the dermatologist to investigate this with a biopsy. The biopsy led to the discovery of abnormal B cells supporting this very devastating diagnosis.  Because of Owen's very young age and a genetic marker on the cancer cells, he has begun a rigorous chemotherapy that will last up to 3 years.  

Amy and Bryan are actively involved in the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association. They started a Ronald McDonald Give Thanks Comfort Bag project at Thanksgiving, where they bring comfort items to families staying at RMDH.  They never do all this because they want something in return but because of their generous spirits and kind hearts. 

This beautiful family needs our help. It will be an honor as a community to be able to assist this very deserving family in a time of need. 

Please visit the Caring Bridge website to learn more about this inspirational family and the daily challenges they are facing.

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As part of our Labor of Love, we will be hosting a silent auction/raffle and would greatly appreciate your donation of a product or service. We also have an event program booklet where you can purchase an ad. Sponsorships for the event are also available at various levels. You can also help by attending the event and spreading the word to others. 

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