Letter to the editor

Friday, November 23, 2007

To the Editor:

On July 18 our daughter Sadie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She was admitted into Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on July 19 and came home from the hospital on July 24.

There are not enough words to tell everyone how much we appreciate everything that has been done for us. Our family, friends and church family have been with us through it all with prayers, thoughts and just being there when we need something or someone to talk to.

I have been told many times that it takes a village and we want to thank those in our village for everything you have done for us, and just for being there when we need you.

Sadie goes to the clinic at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital once a week to receive chemotherapy, which she will receive for at least two to three years. Eventually the clinic visits will go to once a month, but that depends on her blood work and how well her body reacts to the chemotherapy.

Thank you to everyone that helped make Sadie's benefit a great success. The benefit committee did a great job getting everything together and making sure everything went smoothly. The live and silent auction was a great success, and thank you to everyone that donated to the auctions.

Our family was amazed at how many people came out to support our family. It was hard for us to see and talk to everyone, but we want to say thank you to everyone that attended the benefit.

This community has really showed its support to our family through everything that has been done for us -- from praying, sending cards, donating money into Sadie's account, and just giving us support. "Thank you" does not seem enough for everything that has been done for our family.

Sadie's account is located at First Commerce Bank and all donations are greatly appreciated. The money goes towards her medical bills and other things needed for the family to help us through these times.

Thank you very much for everything, and God bless everyone.

Shannon, Angel, Catie, Sadie and Ivy Gentry