Molly's Story by Tim and Kerrie Lambert
April 5, 2004 our youngest daughter Molly (then 6) was diagnosed with
AML, a type of leukemia. It is no exaggeration to say our lives and
priorities changed on that day. Over the next seven months Molly
received 5 rounds of intense chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in
Omaha. She (and we) endured all the side effects involved including
hair loss, mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, and various bacterial and
fungal infections. The infections resulted from no immune system due
to the chemo, the same chemo that would eventually help her to gain
remission from the leukemia and save her life.
Within a few days of arrival at the hospital we had an important
decision to make. We were offered the opportunity by our primary
doctor to enter Molly in a nationwide clinical trial for children with acute
The trial would involve the standard chemotherapy protocol PLUS an
antibody would be administered with the chemo during the 1st and 4th
chemo cycles. We agonized for several days over whether to enter our
daughter in a "trial". Ultimately we decided YES, after a lot of prayer
and a consultation with Dr. Abromowitch. She and her colleagues in the
hematology/oncology clinic at Children's Hospital all belong to "The
Children's Oncology Group", a nationwide group of doctors whose
mission is to conquer childhood cancer.
As the world's largest and most recognized pediatric cancer research
collaborative, the COG includes more than 5,000 members who are
located at more than 200 leading childrens hospitals, university
hospitals, and cancer centers in North America.
We are now 10 years removed from our decision to enter Molly into
that trial for children with AML. In that time, COG has completed
several successful clinical trials that have advanced treatment
outcomes in a number of important areas including "The world's best
cure rates for AML. (Much of this information came from the
This information about Molly's clinical trial and Children's Oncology
Group is especially pertinent because CureSearch is dedicated to
funding COG research. CureSearch is the Childhood Cancer
Foundation that will receive the benefits of "Molly's Miracle Makers"
fundraiser May 25th at the Holt County Fair Grounds. Please be there!!
At this writing. April 2014, it's been nearly 10 years since Molly was
diagnosed with AML. She is a happy, healthy, active 16 year old.
Thank you Children's Oncology Group for the clinical trial Molly was in
and thank you CureSearch for helping to fund Children's Oncology
Group work. Please come to our fundraiser this spring and help us
reach our goal of conquering childhood cancer.
Molly's Miracle Makers