This is the team page for last year, please navigate to http://www.thevaleriefund.org/walk and search for your team there
Turning Pain into PurposeWhen Bella was 7 years old a gastro-intestinal stromal tumor (GIST) was found in her stomach. Although it was successfully removed through surgery, the doctors told us the chances of reoccurance were very high. It felt like we were still in the process of mentally recovering from the first one when less than 2 years later another tumor was found. In November of 2010 Bella had another surgery and 2 more tumors were found and all 3 were removed at the same time. We consider ourselves very lucky that so far she has not needed chemo or radiation but we also know we have a long road ahead of us monitoring her through scans hoping and praying another one is not found. Once again we’ve been told the chances of it happening again are extremely high so we rely on excellent doctors and the power of prayer to get us through. The Valerie Fund walk is a way for our family to give back; turning our pain into purpose. Bella is surrounded by a tremendous support system of truly amazing friends and family who have joined us in this effort. As she gets older our hope is that she will realize and appreciate the significance of The Valerie Fund in her life, and take the lead in paying it forward. Today Bella is healthy, looking forward to middle school, and involved in art, soccer, cheerleading and softball. She loves the beach and going to amusement parks especially if there are upside down rollercoasters! Please join us in supporting all the kids of The Valerie Fund. Their strength and courage are an inspiration to us all.