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Celebrating Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This adorable little peanut is Cricket!

Cancer-survivor toddler stands with thumb in mouth

Cricket and her family spent the first half of this year staying with us after Cricket was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Her treatment required regular lengthy stays at UVa’s Children’s Hospital, so it was important for them to have consistent lodging near the hospital. We’re thrilled that, after seven months in Charlottesville for treatment, Cricket was able to return home!

We lift up Cricket’s story today to kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Why is this month important? Because childhood cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease for children in the US. While treatments continue to improve, there are many cancers that remain incurable. Moreover, access to necessary medical care is often a barrier and, without the care, the children suffer.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to celebrate those warriors who have overcome it, to honor those who were taken from their families much too soon, and to empower those who are currently in the thick of cancer now.


At LilyPads Housing, we’re grateful to be able to help families gain access to the care they need by providing them with housing.


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