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 myeloid leukemia.

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 CureSearch website).

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.

Chambers, NE
Molly's Miracle Makers