Magazine article The New American

Toys for Cancer Patients

Magazine article The New American

Toys for Cancer Patients

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After enduring the misery of childhood cancer, the Evans family has committed themselves to helping other families make it through.

Their daughter Avery, now seven, struggled through chemotherapy treatments for her leukemia for two and a half years. Her mother, Amber, recalled the endless hospital visits. "We've probably made 60 trips to Primary Children's (Medical Center in Salt Lake City), and the last year we were able to do some of our treatments in St. George," Amber Evans told thespectrum.com. "Anytime she got a fever we had to go to the emergency room to make sure that she didn't have a blood infection."

Even now, as the family celebrates that Avery took her last chemotherapy pill on July 22, they cannot forget the trauma of dealing with childhood cancer, and want to help other families cope.

Thespectrum.com reported, "Amber said the idea of collecting toys and other play or crafts materials for other children came to the family when they were looking for ways to celebrate freedom from chemotherapy and 'give back' after seeing so much sadness and heartache as other families went through the same experiences."

The Evanses are hopeful that the toys can serve as some distraction when the children have to endure painful traumatic treatments. The toys will give them something to focus on while they are being administered needles for chemotherapy.

"As a parent, it's excruciating to watch your child go through that, but at the end of the day we wanted her to remember the positive things about it," Amber Evans said. …

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