September is national childhood cancer awareness month and a powerful reminder is the necklace that Maren, Emmett Snyders' mom, wears.
This necklace with every bead and bobble represents a medical test or procedure in Emmett's 9 month battle with cancer.
Emmett lost his battle but his parents continue to raise funds in his name to help other families dealing with the reality of kids with cancer.
The reality is that the devastation comes in waves when a diagnosis of cancer comes down in a child. The disbelief then the conversations of treatment and stress of meeting every ones needs. The family, the child and ones own needs.
The financial side is a stress maker as one of the parents has to cut back on work to get to appointments, home from school because of treatment and illness, this list just grows.
The Snyders' donate a portion of the funds to ACCOIN, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest.
The goal is to help with expenses like gas , to and from treatment. Food cards for hospital stays and any other needs that aren't being met.