Team Caroline, Ricky and Christopher
Brain tumors attacked our families swiftly and without warning. While pediatric neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists from Johns Hopkins Hospital attempted, and then exhausted, medical options, our families prayed, hoped, cried, and begged for our children’s lives. Many of you prayed and hoped and cried alongside us. Sadly, there was no cure; Caroline Herrmann, Ricky Knight and Christopher Sliker could not win against the glioblastoma (Caroline and Ricky) and DIPG (Christopher) tumors they were fighting. They never had a chance.
Today marks five years and nine months, or 2,087 days, since twelve year old Ricky passed away; five years and three months, or 1,915 days, since fourteen year old Caroline passed away; and, four years and seven months, or 1, 670 days, since five year old Christopher passed away,
So many days, so many moments. Big days. Ordinary moments. We miss our children deeply and constantly. No matter the occasion or celebration, in the chaos of the big days and the quiet of the ordinary moments, their absence is often all that we can see.
We can list the big events that they’ve missed – the Christmases, birthdays, weddings, vacations, their own kindergarten, middle school and high school graduations, Ricky’s Confirmation, Christopher’s First Communion, Caroline’s prom … the list is long.
But the list of ordinary moments is endless: school mornings, games and practices, pool days, trips to Target, trips to the library, runs through McDonalds, pizza nights, sleep overs, walks in the park, kickball games, shooting hoops, story time, cousin time, Lego building, babysitting, morning kisses, good night hugs, cartwheels, muffin baking, bike riding, playing catch and games of tag … we could fill this page with all of those moments, and never be finished. Caroline, Ricky and Christopher were not done being children, and we were not done being their parents. There was still so much living to do.
In the past five years, the Herrmann, Knight and Sliker families have come together, and with your generous help, raised over $75,000 for brain tumor research. Our goal this year is to break the $100K mark. And so again we rally your support to raise money to eradicate brain tumors, to keep children alive and families together. We walk with our children in our hearts and you by our sides. Thank you in advance, for all of your help.
Thank you for giving kids a fighting chance.
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