I’ll never forget first learning about Martha Cristina and her grim diagnosis of kidney cancer. This precious 3 1/2 year old, and her parents, approached our friend, Ana Hernandez, with heart breaking news and a plea for our financial assistance.
We weren’t overly optimistic when we heard the news, but if there was any chance of saving Martha Cristina, supporting her with money was the least we could do. Our church, Pilgrim Congregational UCC (Lexington, MA) soon began praying for her on a regular basis.
For the next 66 weeks Martha Cristina endured chemotherapy treatments. This was immediately followed by 24 weeks of radiation therapy. Certainly this took its tole on the entire family…when cancer strikes one member of the family, it affects all. Martha Cristina’s mom became her constant companion, accompanying her on the bus to travel hours for her treatment. Her dad continued to provide for his family, having to travel hours himself, where he could find employment. Family members stepped in to care for Martha Cristina’s brothers.
I am elated to say that Martha Christina has been in remission for the past year and a half. Witnessing this child’s recovery has truly given me reason to believe that miracles do happen. We continue to visit with Martha Cristina and her family, and are thrilled to see her back in school and enjoying her childhood. She will always remain one of my inspirations.