On my way to Children's Hospital for surgery tomorrow

Rachel Kovach, 11, with Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio, 13, in the CHOP oncology clinic Monday after the intravenous "port" in her shoulder was reopened. Malcolm, who also has Ewing's sarcoma, got an artificial hip after his tumor was removed. He created an organization to raise money for pediatric cancer research. (Marie McCullough)

I’m in the car with my parents right now on my way to CHOP. It’s about 1:45 pm and I need to get to the oncology clinic to get my port (a tube implanted in my vein to make intravenous therapy easier) accessed, have my blood typed and cross-matched in case I need a transfusion during surgery tomorrow, and have my blood counts done one last time to make sure I’m up for surgery.

My counts were looking good last week so everyone expects that I’ll be good to go for surgery tomorrow.
 
I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared out of my mind right now. The things that keep me going right now are all of the prayers that people are saying for me and knowing that Dr. Dormans is the best surgeon there is to deal with my bone cancer. I really want this to go well.
 
I spent a lot of time yesterday with some of my friends, including two who had Ewing’s sarcoma and were operated on by Dr. Dormans. I met them after I was diagnosed with Ewing’s and they help me see light at the end of the tunnel. We were putting up flyers for a bike-riding fund-raiser to benefit MakeNoise4Kids.

It’s a foundation that raises money for pediatric cancer research. One of my friends started this foundation after he went through treatment for Ewing’s at CHOP. I’m a junior member of the board and I’m looking forward to helping raise more money for pediatric cancer research again after my surgery. I think it’s really unfair that only 3% of funding for cancer research is focused on children, that’s why I’m helping MakeNoise4Kids.

If I’m feeling up to it after surgery tomorrow, I’ll blog about how that all went, let you know how I’m doing — and how my parents are doing. (They’re pretty nervous, too).
 
Wish me luck, say a prayer and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.


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