Some Family Health History, And Why It Matters
In 1989, my son Clayton and I joined his Mom in holding his 12 yr. old brother Graham in our hands and hearts as he passed from cancer. The tragic end to a lengthy battle that included many doctors, experimental treatments and frequent trips to M. D. Anderson. Many years later, Clayton and Cora chose to honor his brother’s memory by naming their new son Graham. And the new Graham was a happy, normal, healthy Bullock boy…until he wasn’t.
Almost three years ago, a delightful family reunion in North Texas concluded with our realization that grandson Graham was not well. The family returned to Austin, saw their pediatrician who immediately placed him in Dell Children’s Hospital. Thorough tests concluded that Graham had a rare form of Leukemia, one that was going to require an extensive, rigorous treatment protocol. Tough for anyone, especially challenging for 8-yr. old Graham and his family.
The Good News, Best Told In Pictures…
The Austin Dell Children’s Hospital Team were miracle workers, and inspired and tenacious family and friends joined the healing team riding the roller coaster from diagnosis to remission. Over two years of tears, stress, commitment, hope and loving care. Rewarded with a declaration of remission earlier this year, and a now 10 yr. old boy determined to rejoin classmates and friends as kids being kids. How gratifying for us adults who lived with the anxious uncertainty as the unpredictable journey took a positive turn.
A Child’s Wish Comes True
Those who knew of Graham’s courageous battle nominated him to be a “Make-A-Wish” beneficiary, and Central Texas Make-A-Wish Patrons Barton Creek Country Club and Resort (we are not members) sent Graham and his family to Disney World. This photo shows Graham and his wonderfully supportive sister Georgia when he was notified of this honor.
Graham Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Boy of the Year.”
We were all thrilled when Graham was chosen as “Boy of the Year” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Graham and his family are working with The Society to highlight the challenges and opportunities of community support for this important medical mission. They are ambassadors in various capacities in this regard.
And Our Ultimate Holiday Gift
Life is fragile and unpredictable. Our family has experienced loss, and we’ve been blessed with healing and medical miracles. I respect the former, I’m grateful for the latter. Many of you are facing various life challenges. I’m one who can say, “I understand.” I wish you and yours the blessings of health, happiness, love and Grace as you experience this Holiday Season. May the Gods of Your Understanding bless you and yours on your journey.