We spoke with Addy’s mother, Melissa, to discuss her battle with cancer. Here’s what she had to say about Addy’s Haunting Halloween:
“On October 30th, 2015 Addy got ready for her Halloween celebration at daycare. I took her picture, never knowing what the next 36 hours would have in store…
That night, we headed to Addy’s grandparent’s house where we had planned to celebrate Halloween with them. Addy was so excited because she was dressing up as a UPS driver and would be just like her grandpa! She had complained of a stomach ache before dinner and had a very small amount of blood when she went pee. We didn’t think much of it as she seemed okay when she went to bed.
On Halloween morning, I noticed a little blood in her pull-up. Her dad and I decided to run her to the ER, thinking she had a urinary tract infection. Her grandparents stayed at home to turn her wagon into a UPS truck for trick-or-treating. The ER doctor seemed to know right away that is was much more than what we were thinking. Following the ultrasound and CT, it was confirmed that she had a mass on her kidney. We were taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital by ambulance.
When we got to the ER the nurse immediately gave Addy a tutu and wings. She said, “You need a costume, it’s Halloween!” This is not how we expected our Halloween to go. There was no trick-or-treating, no running and giggling. Just plenty of scary things!
After months of treatment, Addy received a trip to Disney. On one of the nights, they had a Halloween party complete with costumes and trick-or-treating! Addy FINALLY got to wear that UPS costume and her grandparents were right by our side! Halloween is hard for us, but also such a celebration when it comes around each year! We are looking forward to celebrating this year! Addy is now 3 years off relapse treatment and cancer-free!”