September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

August 17, 2017

This month, make a difference for kids like 4-year-old Silas, who is fighting leukemia at Sanford Children’s. Join us at these great events supporting Brave Kids Bold Cures.

Silas Rehbein is 4 years old and full of spirit.

“He’s by far our most challenging child of four boys,” his mom, Savannah, said with a chuckle.

But she wouldn’t change a thing about him, except to somehow erase cancer from his life.

Silas’ journey started at dinner one night in the fall of 2016. He complained of a stomach ache and felt warm. The next day, he was too sick to finish the school day. Savannah picked him up early and later that night, desperately tried to stop a bloody nose.

After a series of tests and consultations with doctors near their home in Dickinson, N.D., they learned the devastating news: Silas was facing acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“Of course, when you get that kind of news you immediately go from the diagnosis to death because you really don’t know any different,” Savannah said.

The next morning, Sanford AirMed transported Silas across the state to Sanford Children’s Fargo and Roger Maris Cancer Center.

So far, Silas has undergone blood transfusions, surgery and chemotherapy and experienced several setbacks. Through it all, his oncology team has been open and honest with the family and answers every question.

“The doctors, they’ve been great,” Savannah said. “They make sure we understand everything that’s going on and make sure we are comfortable with everything that’s going on.”

The Child Life Specialists help Silas’ three brothers understand what’s going on.

“They’re there to help with the kids and keep them comfortable,” said Savannah. From time to time, the Child Life Specialists and nurses comfort Savannah and her husband, Carl, too. It’s a constant struggle for them, to stay strong while trying to balance Silas’ care, their other boys’ lives back home and their own work schedules.

“Everyone works really hard and makes sure we are taken care of,” Savannah said. “So they’ve been amazing.”

Brave Kids Bold Cures helps keep Sanford Children’s and the Roger Maris Cancer Center on the cutting edge of pediatric cancer care, supporting lifesaving technology, equipment and services to care for kids like Silas. All of this fills the Rehbeins with strength and hope.

“His treatment is three and a half years with no major setbacks,” Savannah said. “He’s going to be 8 years old by the time this is all said and done. I just hope that he goes on to be a healthy, happy adult. Most of all, happy and healthy.”

You can help kids like Silas and their families this September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, by attending these great local events and supporting Brave Kids Bold Cures all month long.

 

Cupcakes for a Cure

  • When: Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Fantasies in Frosting, 4501 15th Ave. SW #110, Fargo
  • More details: 25 percent of cupcake sales will benefit Brave Kids Bold Cures.

 

Go Gold with the Fargo Moorhead Roller Derby Girls

  • When: Sept. 16, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Southwest Youth Hockey Arena, 4404 23rd Ave. S. #B, Fargo
  • More details: Brave Kids Bold Cures will be the featured charity of the derby match! Get advanced tickets at fmderbygirls.com or on the day of the event at the doors.

 

Dining to Donate

  • When: Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to close
  • Where: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Jamestown and Fergus Falls, Minn.
  • More details: Stop by your favorite Applebee’s, mention this special event by flyer, Facebook post, email, tweet, or just tell to your server that you’re Dining for Brave Kids Bold Cures and 20% of your bill will be donated to Brave Kids Bold Cures.

 

Brave Enough to Bowl

  • When: Sept. 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Where: The Bowler, 2630 S. University Drive, Fargo
  • More details: Join us for bowling, raffles, incentive prizes, food specials and other fun games to help strike out childhood cancer. Register your team today!

 

Brave Cuts Bold Colors

  • When: Sept. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Stone Building (old Avalon Events Center), 613 1st Ave. N. Fargo
  • More details: Show your support for kids battling cancer by having the stylists at Josef’s School of Hair Design give you a wacky haircut or boldly color your hair. Register today!

 

 

 

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