Imagine as a child spending your birthday in the hospital, out of town and far away from home. That’s what happened to one Colorado girl while visiting Chicago. Jilian Nordmeyer and her family were on a summer vacation when she became seriously ill. Her mother, Amanda, said, “She was throwing up and vomiting and couldn’t keep fluids down, and it was a very rapid illness.”
Within 24-hours came the shocking diagnosis…. Jillian had cancer. “I can see it in her face when they talk about the medication and stuff, and she’s 13 today. She shouldn’t have to worry about all this madness,” said Amanda.
That diagnosis meant weeks of undergoing treatment. It was not how the Nordmeyer family envisioned they would be celebrating Jilian’s milestone birthday. They knew they needed something special, so they were connected with an organization called Icing Smiles. And on her birthday, Jillian was surprised with a special cake baked just for her. Read More