Most children getting ready to celebrate their 7th year birthday would be wishing for presents wrapped up in pretty paper and silk bows. Not Aurora Waddell of Mebane. Two weeks before the much anticipated pool party, Aurora announced to her parents that she wanted all her guests to bring gifts of money, not for her, but for the N.C. Cancer Hospital. A rather unusual request of someone so young, you might say. But then again, Aurora is not your typical little girl. A cancer battle with Wilms tumor, fought twice, has instilled a wisdom and sensitivity well beyond her years.
Aurora’s mother Anna reflects: " I'm thankful for the superb care at UNC and the always effervescent Aurora. Dr. Julie Blatt and the entire pediatric team were so competent and caring. There was never a doubt that our daughter was in the best hands."
As Aurora blew out the candles on her birthday cake in one fell swoop, Anna and Joe reflected back on their incredible journey and took a moment to count their blessings once again. Happy birthday, Aurora!