August 3, 2014
Three years ago today, Christian and I were in Room 317 at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. The day before, she had a full day at Cross Country camp...I received a call from Chrsitian right when I got home from work, she said her toe and lower leg really hurt, and she thought she had a fever. I ask her to get her Coach and talk with him - I immediately received a call from her coach, Jeff Gaither, that I needed to meet him and pick up Christian....I left the house in a rush, stopped for gas at the same time calling the on call hematogist/oncologist. I spoke briefly with Dr. Eric Gratias and he told me to call him the minute I got to Christian and could evaluate her situation. Thank goodness, a friend met me in Chattanooga, so I was not alone on this trip. (Chris was at home with Bailey) We drove until we met each other, somewhere around Maryville, Tennessee...I then called Dr. Gratias back, thinking he might say, I’ll see her in clinic, in the morning. I was wrong, he said go straight to Children’s 300 and I will have everything ready for Christian to be directly admitted. We arrived right before midnight. Christian was in such severe pain, by this point, walking was difficult, we stopped at the ED desk and got a wheelchair and proceeded upstairs....Christian was quickly evaluated an IV started, etc...and many questions followed. I remember, Dr. Samreen Khan was the resident in charge that night...at this moment, I do not remember who the nurse was.... The beginning of Christian’s Journey really started in May of 2011, but she improved quickly and we really thought everything was going to be okay....Now, the race was on, Christian would began the race of her life, for her life.....she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on August 8, 2011.
Team CMB, 11 weeks from today is the day we will all run and walk or volunteer to honor the memory of Christian and her love of running. I encourage each of you to register for an event, you can run/walk the full Marathon, half Marathon, 5K or do the family fun run....just please invite your friends and participate as a member of Team CMB (Christian Moseley Bryant) and do one of these events. Registration is easy, go to www.sevenbridgesmarathon.com, click on “Register” and then Where it says, “Create at Team” click the drop down and select TEAM CMB. It is a beautiful course and a wonderful way to support Childhood Cancer and honor the Memory of Christian. In the last month The Christian Bryant Foundation has donated $10,000 to help local families survive the awful impact of Childhood Cancer. We have paid multiple House payments, Car Insurance, bought tires and paid for new brakes and other car repairs (so families can make it to treatment) and much more....I hope to see you in 11 Weeks!!!! - Robyn Bryant