Every month around four kids are diagnosed with cancer at Sanford Children's Hospital. This week you can make a difference in those children's lives.
Three-year-old Amelia Gammeter has plenty of personality and energy. You likely would never know the Sioux Falls girl is battling leukemia.
"I look at her every day and I see strength and bravery," Amelia's mom Gretchen Gammeter said.
Gammeter took her daughter to the doctor one year ago after she had skin discoloration, was listless and battled a cough.
"Just this really croupy cough. I was like, 'Great. She's got croup.' I took her in just thinking she had croup to get her some steroids," Gretchen said.
But instead, doctors diagnosed Amelia with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“When you look at your two-and-a-half-year-old sick, you don't ever think cancer." Gretchen said.
Over the last year Amelia has been through dozens of chemotherapy treatments.
"Weekly treatments, then they went to every ten days. Now we are in maintenance to where we are going every three months. We have oral chemotherapy every day," Gretchen said.
Some of the services for childhood cancer patients like Amelia have been made possible through donations. This week some local broadcasters are taking part in a Cure Kids Cancer radiothon.
"It's a great awareness tool for us and it helps us tell the story of Sanford Children's and the pediatric oncology services we provide," Children's Miracle Network Program Director Amy Sumner said.
100 percent of the money raised during this week's radiothon will go to pediatric oncology services here at Sanford Children's Hospital.
"The funds really are divided up between life-saving pieces of equipment and enhancing programs and services, like assisting with the child life program. You will hear lots of our families talk about their experiences with our child life specialists and what a difference they make," Sumner said.
Gretchen is optimistic her daughter will beat cancer, but she hopes events like this will one day make cancer a thing of the past for children.
"We never have to hear it--that we never have to hear about a curable cancer because they are all curable," Gretchen said.