Miracle Monday: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

SPOKANE, Wash. — Throughout the month of September, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital honors pediatric cancer patient and their families as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children, and more than 43 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer daily.

In 2018, Michael Jordan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. It’s a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.

September is unique to him and his family, not only because it’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but also because it marks another year he is cancer free.

This month is always a happy milestone for Jordan and his mom Anna Crecelius, but it took them some time to get here.

Four years ago, Crecelius started noticing her son bruising quite a bit and over barely any impact. She took him in to get bloodwork done and found out his platelets were extremely low. They were sent to Providence and within 48 hours, he was diagnosed with AML Leukemia.

AML Leukemia is a family cancer, and his grandmother was diagnosed the same year.

“They wanted to get him directly into transplant, which we did within five months. After the transplant, he was considered without any more leukemia,” explained Crecelius.

Between the transplant and the chemo, it worked. Jordan has been in remission ever since.

Despite overcoming this challenge of a lifetime, he has fond memories of his time spent at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

A few of the more memorable moments include a bunch of sky football players filling his room, building lego sets, playing video games, and watching TV.

These days, he is back to school, football practice, and chores — and he likes it that way.

“I am happy to just be a kid, again,” Jordan said.

He is also grateful for the care that helped him make it this far.

“I am proud that I beat cancer,” he added.

If you’d like to support the Children’s Miracle Network and programs just like this one, consider donating here. Every cent of your donation will stay in our own community.

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