Take a look at her face. Isn’t she darling? This is Natalie Fleischaker. She is sweet, smart, and strong. However, no one knew how strong until she faced every parents’ nightmare. Childhood cancer.
Natalie goes to school with my girls, as well as her brother and sister. Her diagnosis has left our community in shock, hugging our children tighter, and an overall feeling of not knowing what we can do. Yet, there is something you can do. “WE LOVE NATALIE!” fund drive sponsored by Nurse Mommy Laughs is where you can help out their family. Any monetary contribution will go directly to their fund and will be deeply appreciated.
Here is a little bit about Natalie, from her Daddy:
“Natalie Fleischaker, age 8, is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is an inoperable brain tumor. Natalie’s tumor is centrally located in her brain stem and is therefore inoperable due to its close proximity to the nerves that control essential involuntary body functions like breathing, swallowing and heart beating.
Natalie is a 2nd grader in Overland Park, Kansas. She enjoys school and is a good student. Her favorite subject is art and she is very talented. Natalie uses her creative mind to turn everything including what some would call trash into colorful creations that represent her thoughts and feelings about life and the journey she’s currently on. Among her favorite forms of art is painting and her family is very fond of her many pretty pictures.
Natalie also loves her new dog Meg and Taylor Swift. Her entire 4th year of life, Natalie went to sleep listening to Taylor’s album “Fearless” and hopes to meet Taylor when she’s here in Kansas City in August, but her doctors are suggesting she may only have 3 months so unfortunately August may be too late.
Natalie’s tumor is no longer responding to treatment; and in fact has begun growing, so her doctors have taken her off chemo, indicating there’s unfortunately nothing more they can do for her at this time, other than help maintain her comfort and get us as many good days as possible to make lasting memories. So we’re taking the path of preparing for the worst having met with local hospice on Friday.” Steve Fleischaker (Father to Natalie)
Thanks to Make a Wish Foundation and Give Kids the World who were responsible for giving Natalie and her family a trip to Disney World in Florida for Spring Break, she was able to spend some quality time with her loved ones and her favorite Disney characters. Unfortunately, their trip was cut short by a hospitalization and are awaiting word that Natalie can return home with the rest of the family.
“Please pray that we are able to find a private flight for Natalie and one of us to get home as the doctors here indicate a commercial flight probably isn’t in (Natalie’s) best interest right now and that if commercial is her only option then they probably won’t authorize her to fly for several days. Lastly, please just pray that we can get our baby and the rest of our family back to Overland Park where we can be together and enjoy each other for as long as possible,” Steve Fleischaker
Donations are confidential and if you have any questions or want to donate by check instead of through the donation site on the sidebar to the right (or on the bottom, if you are reading on your cell phone), please send “Stacey Hatton” an email at email@example.com with the words Natalie Donation in the subject line.
Thanks so much for your generosity and for helping make this family’s journey a little bit easier.