The Helms Family

In September 2016 Marcos, who works as a financial advisor with Edward Jones, had volunteered to help during the Edward Jones Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Stuff the Sleigh. Little did we know that in just a few months we would cross paths with Stuff the Sleigh when our son Ethan was diagnosed with T-cell ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) in February 2017. It was a stressful and overwhelming time, especially going from the ER to the Pediatric ICU at Texas Children's Hospital, with the news that Ethan had a mass in his chest that was putting pressure on his heart. Taking care of a critically ill child but also trying to keep some normalcy in the household with our older daughter Gaby felt like we were juggling too many roles as parents. Thankfully Ethan responded well to all the chemotherapy and was released within a week and continued treatment in the outpatient clinics. It was during this time that Stuff the Sleigh contacted us and was so generous to provide Ethan with an IPad. I can't say enough times how much this IPad has meant to him - providing him with distraction and entertainment through the long hours of waiting and going through procedures and infusions, not only during clinic visits but also when he has had to be admitted to the hospital when sick with a fever or when receiving chemo over several days. Another blessing was that Stuff the Sleigh not only thinks about the cancer child but the other members of the family as well. Finding out that Gaby loved to read, she received a gift card to Barnes and Noble. I can still remember how her face lit up when she saw that the gift card was for her. We also received gift cards for gas, restaurants, and to grocery stores, all very useful in a time when our normal life had turned upside down. A big highlight of our year was when Stuff the Sleigh invited Ethan to the Bellaire Police Department where he was sworn in as an honorary police officer. For Ethan, who in kindergarten said he wanted to be a policeman, this was a dream come true. We are so grateful for Stuff the Sleigh and their continued support for Ethan and our family through this journey. You all have been such a blessing to many.