Last Sunday my 4-year-old daughter, Addie, finished 831 days of treatment for leukemia. I won’t get into all of the emotions that happen with all of this, but it did cause me to procrastinate deciding/making the items I wanted to give out to everyone that came to the party. I made them the day before the party (ugh LOL). In hindsight, I should have at least given myself a few more days because I forgot to score and/or sand the back to prep for gluing on the pin, but the good news is they have held up so far with everyone I asked! (The lessons remembered are those you learn the hard way, right? haha) I will remake some with the new and improved version to replace any that come apart.
The meaning of the design on the pin:`
- Addie has Down syndrome. When we participated in our first of the local annual Down syndrome walk, our team name was Addie’s Avengers. When she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2.5, it seemed like a perfect name to use. So the Avengers logo was part of the inspiration.
- Part of the A forms a ribbon, which I painted gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
- The chevrons are a symbol used by parents in the Down syndrome community.
- I have other variations of the design/colors, and I’ll probably make other items later. I will be continuing to always advocate for my amazing girl and all of the other wonderful kids.
Her party theme was rainbows and unicorns and I also made the unicorn earrings in this pic of her.
I have a few upcoming projects for her, showing everything she has been through, most of which will involve the Glowforge. (Probably all of them except a photo book that I’ll likely order online.) Can’t wait to share them, but right now they are still floating around in my head.
This journey was extremely hard and I’m so excited to be where we are.