Mighty Megan celebrates milestone, federal government budgets millions for childhood cancer research
WINDSOR, ONT. – Mellissa Patrick says that after 852 days of treatment, her four-year-old daughter known to many as ‘Mighty Megan’ is now cancer free.
“She’s been through so much to get to this point. It’s such a long, hard road,” says Patrick.
Mighty Megan received her last epidural earlier this week and her last oral chemotherapy on Saturday, the treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“She’s had chemo, she’s had oral chemo, she’s had blood transfusions, she’s had platelet transfusions, she’s had injectable chemo,” says Patrick.
“I am so excited to get her off all the drugs and let her body do what it should and not worry about fever, neutropenia and blood transfusions and all that goes with these little ones who have to fight every day for their life. day. “
During her more than two-year struggle, the family made a strong case for children with cancer. In 2019, the family shared its story with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to push for more funding for pediatric cancer research.
‘I wanted him to look at her and it was real to him and saw that this is serious. We need this money, ”says Patrick.
Ironically, on the same day as Megan’s last spine tap, the federal government approved $ 30 million in the federal budget for strategic childhood cancer research.
“It was just great. I cried. I was happy. I screamed, ”says Patrick.
“There really are no words for it. There has never been such a commitment from our government, ”said Aimee Omstead, the director of Little Hands, Kids for a Cause.
Omstead calls the federal funding a ‘historic commitment’.
“So many children are being treated with adult drugs to fight their cancer because there has never been a lot of research into childhood cancer,” Omstead says.
“Miracles can be bought with this funding. With this financing, a drug can be bought, ”says Patrick.
The family says they look forward to seeing Mighty Megan live a normal life.
‘I want to see her skip the road. I want to watch her pick flowers in the garden and not worry about her feet turning out when she falls, ”says Patrick. “I just want her to experience what life should be like for a little one.”