Local girl fighting cancer, shines light on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Rochester, N.Y. - Eight year old Sadie Farwell has a knack for drawing and baking.
"I want to have a cupcake bakery when I grow up," said Sadie.
Sadie had always been a vibrant young girl, but that all changed. In April 2016, Sadie's mom grew concerned about how Sadie was feeling. She was having problems with her vision.
"She started doing some really odd things. Problems with peripheral vision and problems with depth perception. She was reaching her hand out along the wall to walk and make her way around the room," Sadie's mother Kiley Farwell said.
After a visit to the doctor, they thought those symptoms would pass.
"We had gone out, we were picking up her brothers for an event and she just walked into this glass door. She didn't even see it," said Kiley.
That prompted a visit to the Emergency Room.
Sadie's mother had expected them to say her daughter needed glasses.
Nothing could prepare them for the news that came next.
"One of the doctors came in and said, 'I'm sorry to tell you this but your daughter has a brain tumor,'" said Kiley.
It was a a Germinoma tumor.
"It was quite shocking. The good news, the two types of tumors they narrowed it down to were both treatable," said Michael Farwell, Sadie's father.
The other good news: CURE Childhood Cancer Association was there every step of the way.
"I didn't really know what to expect, but they showed up with this care package, this bag of goodies for us and practical things like toiletries or things we might have forgotten or not had at the hospital," said Kiley.
CURE offered parking passes for frequent trips to the hospital and meals. Sometimes - just a friend.
"CURE gave me a big fluffy blankie and a fluffy pillowcase," Sadie said.
"We're overwhelmed by strangers [who] care enough to donate and give up their time and give up their resources to bless us in one of the hardest times of our life," said Kiley.
Sadie had a craniotomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The tumor is now gone.
The Farwells' story of hope will forever resonate with others.
"Something like this totally flips your world upside down. It can totally consume you, if you allow it to, it's like you're walking through this fire and it can consume you or it can refine you. I think we're choosing to let it refine us," said Kiley.
Inspiring others to fight back against cancer, and fight hard, or in the words of Sadie, " fight like a superhero."
Monday is the last day of Sadie's radiation treatment.
While the tumor did cause some permanent health issues, such as some vision impairment, Sadie is doing well.
You can find out more about C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer Association here.