Julia & Isabella's Story
Julie & Isabella at last year's bake sale
On October 25, 2012, I sent my daughter, Julia, to school just like any other day and 10 hours later Julia was in the operating room receiving her first chemo treatment injected into her spine and a bone marrow biopsy. At age 9, Julia was diagnosed with leukemia. Julia is now 14 and in the 8th grade at DVMS and I am thrilled to say that she finished her treatment January 2, 2015 and is cancer-free. ☺ Julia endured 26 months of toxic chemotherapy treatments including chemo infusions, chemo pills, steroids, spinal taps, blood transfusions, extensive nausea, complete hair loss, neuropathy and so much more.
Despite having been through this, Julia has always looked for ways to help other children going through similar things.
As a result of Julia’s suffering and our family’s experience, we have committed to giving back to help other children and people with cancer. As a result came her first bake sale in 2013 to raise money.
In 2014, Julia joined forces with her friend Isabella, who is also a 8th grader at DVMS.
On February 12, 2014, Isabella’s mom, Rita was told she had incurable, Stage 4, metastatic cancer. As many of you reading this already know, Rita passed away in August of 2015. Rita loved this event and what it stands for, so in addition to raising funds for these 2 charities, Julia, Isabella and I hope to continue this event to honor Rita.
Isabella and Julia knew at too young of an age the ugliness of cancer and choose to help others despite their personal experiences.
If you are able to donate a baked good and/or come to the bake sale to purchase baked goods, Julia and Isabella will be very grateful. For those who are unable to make it or don’t like to bake, please check out the sign-up genius link for other ways to help. Cash donations can also be dropped off or mailed to Julia Cotton, 3213 Griffon St. W, Danville 94506. If writing a check, please make it out to either Rooms of Hope or Sandra J. Wing.
Thank you for your continued support in our efforts to support others fighting cancer.
Kelly and Julia Cotton