As many of you know, I am a cancer survivor myself – over two years out from diagnosis, and still clean (knock on wood). But even my darkest of days pale in comparison to the hell little Baltimore-area resident Serena Lambert has endured.
On June 23, 2008, at age 3, Serena was diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer, a particularly aggressive form of childhood cancer that attacks the adrenal glands. In Serena’s case, it has affected every vertebra in her spinal column and the bone marrow throughout most of her body. In the past year, she has been through seven rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, two surgeries, 12 rounds of radiation and a bone-marrow transplant. The hope had been that Serena would be cancer-free following the bone-marrow transplant; however, her scans are still positive. The fight continues with radioactive iodine therapy, more chemotherapy, 3F8 monoclonal antibody therapy, and, finally, Accutane.
Not surprisingly, the costs associated with such treatment are astronomical. Nevertheless, Serena has proven herself a survivor, and her family and friends continue offering positive thoughts to help her through this fight. As such, in an effort to help with the costs related to Serena’s medical and living expenses, a Yoga and Wellness Benefit for Serena Lambert will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Evolvewell Healing Arts Studio, 4800 Roland Avenue, Suite 301, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will include six donation-based yoga and meditation classes for children and adults, chair massage, acupuncture demonstrations, Thai massage, a silent auction and refreshments. The yoga schedule is as follows:
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Studio 1: Kids Yoga
Studio 2: Adult Vinyasa/Flow Yoga
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Studio 1: Adult Intermediate Yoga
Studio 2: Adult Beginner Yoga
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Studio 1: Kids Yoga
Studio 2: Adult Pranayam/Meditation
All proceeds from this donation-based event will go (and checks should be made payable) to the Serena Lambert Pediatric Oncology Fund, P.O. Box 4014, Timonium, Maryland 21094. For more information, please e-mail Marley Keller at Marley.Keller84@gmail.com. Remember, through yoga and wellness, we can help one child fight her battle with cancer and live a better life.
Times are, indeed, hard for all of us, folks, but never forget, they are a whole lot harder for someone else. And, having survived this wicked disease myself, please trust me when I say that every little bit of support helps.
Wishing you health and happiness, and thanks for your support!