Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, March 05, 1994, Image 42

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    62-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, March 5, 1994
Infant Diagnosed With Cancer Survives
Jonathan—A Symbol Of Hope To Cancer Patients
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.)
—Cancer. The word strikes fear in
every parent’s heart. It was the
word that Barry and Linda Bruce
heard applied to their 9-month-old
son almost five years ago.
Fortunately, for the Bruces,
their story has a happy ending.
Jonathan is now an energetic
5-year-old. The only trace of his
brush with cancer is a jagged scar
that stretched across his tummy.
Jonathan’s story is one that
offers hope to others in this month
that the American Cancer Society
designated as Daffodil Days. The
daffodil is recognized as the first
flower of spring and a symbol of
hope hope that cancer can be
cured.
Cancer was the last word that
Linda expected to hear the morn
ing that she took her plump,
healthy baby for his nine-month
checkup.
But as the doctor’s hands paused
on Jonathan’s stomach during a
routine exam, he felt a mass in the
baby’s abdomen.
“1 was thankful that my husband
always made it a point to take off
from his job and go along on doc
tor’s appointments,” Linda said.
Immediately the Bruces took
Jonathan to Lancaster General
Hospital for an ultrasound.
“When the technician did the
work, then brought in a second
person and nobody was talking
I knew it was bad news,” Linda
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Jonathan, right, and his brother Christopher share favorite playthings. Like typical
brothers their behavior alternates between sibling loyalty and merciless teasing.
recalled.
The word the pediatrician used
was foreign to Linda but one that
she perceived signaled cancer
neuroplastomia.
The couple were aghast that
cancer could happen to them. “I
had been a fanatical about follow
ing all the rules during my pre
gnancy,” Linda said. “No alcohol
or smoking. Fresh green, leafy
vegetables four times a day. I even
left the room if someone started to
smoke....”
The same day that the doctor
found the mass, Jonathan was sent
to Hershey Medical Center.
The next few days werea blur of
frequent blood tests, X-rays, a
CAT scan, bone marrow tests,
urine catherization, and injection
of radioactive dye to detect the
extent of cancer.
To hold an active 9-month-old
still for testing proved impossible
until Linda, in desperatiqn,
climbed up on the examining table
to nurse him.
“When you are in a hospital set
ting and away from every other
parenting influence, you learn to
focus on the needs of your child
and listen to yourself.
“I learned how indispensable
faith is,” said Linda. She and her
husband found the clergy suppor
tive and used every avenue of
prayer offered by friends, family,
church, and the hospital.
“My husband is Catholic, I’m
Episcopalian, and a friend Jewish
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Seize the moment and enjoy it fully Is the the philosophy of Linda Bruce who shares
a funny moment with sons Jonathan, 5, and Christopher, 3. Jonathan, seated, had
been diagnosed with a form of cancer when he was 9 months old. Now fully recovered,
he Is a symbol of hope that cancer can be cured.
Daffodil Days Aids Cancer Patients
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.)
The American Cancer Society
recognizes the daffodil, as not only
the first flower of spring, but the
symbol of hope hope that
cancer can be cured in our lifetime.
The Lancaster County Unit of the
American Cancer Society will
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hold Daffodil Days from March 22
through 27. Funds raised during
this week will help provide trans
portation, medication, and nutri
tional supplements to the cancer
patients in the county.
This year, a bunch of 10 daffo
dils can be purchased for a contri
bution of SS. Spirit of Hope bou
quets will also be available for
SlO. The bouquets include five
daffodils, with fem and baby’s
breath. Spirit of Hope Bouquets
and orders of 23 or more bunches
will be delivered on Wednesday,
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delivered anywhere In the county on Daffodil Days. A bunch
of daffodils will be sold for $5.
March 23 to any worksite or loca
tion in Lancaster County.
The daffodils will be available
at a variety of day-sale sites across
the county, during daffodil week.
Deadline to preorder daffodils is
Friday, March 11. To find out day
sale site locations or to place
orders, please contact the Ameri
can Cancer Society at (717)
397-3744. For counties outside of
the Lancaster area, check the
phone directory for the local listing
of the American Cancer Society.