YOUR DONATIONS IMPACT
Jackson was airlifted to Iowa City Children's Hospital on June 26 of 2014 from Burlington, Iowa. He was diagnosed with TCELL Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on June 27. A 28 day protocol of chemotherapy and treatment was started immediately. Jackson's cancer journey lasted only 47 days. 47 days of fighting daily. 47 days of chemotherapy and side effects of treatment destroying Jackson's body. Jackson passed away on August 11,2014. He endured liver, lung, and kidney failure. Severe infection/jaundice. He was also malnourished and had uncontrollable fluid build up.
While in the PICU, social workers introduced us to the option of becoming a "Dance Marathon family". We chose to apply for UNI Dance Marathon because of family ties that we had with the school. After becoming a UNI DM family, we had some students from UNI stop to see Jackson in the hospital and I am forever grateful for their visit. They are some of the few that actually got to see and understand the fight that Jackson was up against. We talked and cried and mutually understood the impact that Jackson was making on our lives.
Since Jackson was in the hospital for a brief time compared to other patients, we understand that because of UNI DM, our Jackson got some of the best treatment and the best possible hope of coming home. The funding of the hospital stay and equipment from Dance Marathon gave Jackson plan A through plan Z to try to make him a healthy boy.
Because of UNI DANCE Marathon, our family has learned to grieve Jackson in a more positive way. We look forward to DM family activities because when we are with UNI DM members we feel we are with family and know that Jackson lives on through them. The constant contact that we have with the dancers reminds us that Jackson had purpose and meaning and he will never be forgotten.
Ever wonder who your donations impact? The stories of these three kiddos highlight how Dance Marathon can change lives with the money we raise!