Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pablove Across America 2011 Day 11 Evening Dedication: Michael McBride

Michael fought stage III Wilms Tumor for a year and a half. He just passed away this summer (June 13) - a truly sad day in the office for Pablove staff. Michael "Motorcycle" McBride did remarkably well through his six months of chemo and radiation, riding his "moto-x" bicycle daily with his big brother Parker. At the end of the chemo, tumors were found in his lungs and stomach. Although stem cells were harvested, Michael never got to stem cell transplant because the tumors wouldn't stop growing. He and his family got to spend 4 fabulous days on his Make-a-Wish trip before he had to be medi-vac'd back home to spend his final days. Mom Aimee says, "Throughout his entire journey he showed more courage, strength, love and spirit than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. Our 6 year old little boy taught us more life lessons and showed us how to truly "live" each day to the fullest. He passed away peacefully on June 13, 2011 at our home, but the suffering that he endured those final weeks has been burned into my soul. We miss him more with each passing day...he will forever be in our hearts and always on our mind..."

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