Conrad's Story

    Meet Tiny Light Conrad, a very friendly boy who loves making new friends. He likes playing with cars and trucks, and watching Sesame Street and Cars videos on his ipod. He really enjoys riding his quad outside and especially loves fishing and helping his grandpas drive their boats—all the things that a typical three-year-old boy would enjoy. But there is something that sets Conrad apart from most three-year-olds and it has caused his family’s whole world to tremble.
    

     On May 27, 2011 Conrad was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. On top of his threeand-a-half-year treatment cycle, Conrad also deals with fevers every three months no matter what is happening. His parents say the hardest part is watching their son go through all this and not really understanding why or what he’s going through. When he does get a fever, Conrad doesn’t understand why he is in the hospital for days, sometimes even weeks. That, too, is hard on his parents.
    

    Despite the daily struggle this little warrior faces, he tackles it head on with amazing courage for a child his age. He takes it all like a true champion and pushes through every challenge thrown at him, not letting anything slow him down. The possibility of relapse scares his parents the most, but they remain positive, focusing on the “now” and not the “what if’s.” Advice they have for other parents in similar situations is to “stay strong, stay positive, ask lots of questions and be your child’s advocate.”

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Story written by Adrianna Tailleur

Aisley's Story

Memories Captured By Eye 58 Photography

Tiny Light Aisley has an energy that cannot be matched. This bubbly, outgoing and funny almost four-year old little girl just keeps going, no matter how hard the road ahead. Now that her hair is growing back, you would never know she’s been fighting cancer for more than a year.

Aisley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia the week before Christmas 2011, just two months after welcoming her baby sister Emerson into the family home. Her parents Curtis and Alison were devastated. “We didn’t know what to expect. When you hear the word ‘cancer’, you think the absolute worst.” They had to uproot the family from their home in a small Alberta town and move to Calgary for Aisley’s treatment, which involved painful surgeries, bone marrow aspirations, and terrible side effects from the chemotherapy.

Now Aisley is in the maintenance phase of chemo. She takes daily medication at home with monthly hospital appointments. She enjoys going to preschool. She is a born performer who loves to dance and sing. Aisley is also a great big sister to Emerson. This Tiny Light has shown her family she is pretty incredible. “I hope one day she can visit a newly diagnosed little girl and tell her she was once in her shoes. And if she fights hard enough, she’ll be strong and healthy and ready to take on the world too. Although if I’m wishing for things, I’d rather there never be another little girl or boy diagnosed with cancer.”

Written by Elaine Yong