Team In Training

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

I got to go to UVA with George to see what a typical treatment is like.

He's been admitted seven times since January. And each time he spends at least three days in the hospital. But, you'd be amazed at how normal life is there.

You'd never know George is in the middle of his treatment

"At the time you don't see a lot of effects in terms of making him feel bad there is a bias these children are going to be really ill most of the time and the truth is they're acting just as George is right now which is tearing around and playing," Dr. Thomas Lamkin says.

He's not this active when he gets to the hospital.

"They put George to sleep to do a Lumbar puncture to make sure the blasts or Leukemia hasn't spread," Arlene Reid says.

The next day he's up and attem. Playing trucks or Nintendo with his brother David.

He's hooked to a pole, but, even that doesn't slow him down.

"George and I have talked to the security guards in the hallways and they refuse to issue him a ticket, but they did give him a warning for speeding down the hall with his pole," Glenn Reid says.

George also goes to school during the day. Playing on the computer or building things.

"Kids can maintain their routine and they get to stay involved in play and have as normal a life as possible while they're still in the hospital so it helps in the healing process," Katie Santee says.

"He's full of questions. It's amazing the understanding he has. he doesn't understand everything about it, but he sure does know the seriousness and he trusts the doctors and nurses completely," Arlene says.

The Reids credit the doctors and nurses for the positive experience they've had.

"It's not home, but it's comfortable," Glenn says.

George only has one Chemo treatment left, but he and other kids still need your help.

If you'd like to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you can send it to me:

Melissa Reynolds
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Harrisonburg, VA 22802


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