Legacy in the News: Mother and daughter battle cancer

CNN, YAHOO! Shines, Daily Mail-United Kingdom and KGW Newschannel 8

Monday, July 15, 2013

Difficult situations can create inspiring stories, as a Beaverton family has proved.

Summar and her daughter Sapphire were diagnosed with cancer within 11 days of each other last September. They call each other the superhero cancer fighter girls.

“You could never imagine that you could have such timing,” recalled Summar. Her diagnosis last fall was stage IV breast cancer.
Her daughter Sapphire’s diagnosis was leukemia.

The same week Sapphire went into treatment at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program, Summar started treatment at St Vincent’s.

Her husband Pascal left his job to become a full time caregiver.

“There’s been days when I just wish I could take both their sicknesses and put them in me to deal with them myself. That would be easier,” he said.

There have been fundraisers to help with bills. Summar also had to leave her job with Columbia Sportswear.

“I have no idea how they have dealt with all this,” said Dr. Jason Glover of Randall Children’s Hospital. “They’ve had tremendous grace under a lot of pressure.”

“Sapphire’s prognosis is excellent,” said Dr. Glover, “Most of kids with leukemia have better than a 90% chance of being cured.”

For Summar the outlook is not as promising. At 36, she cherishes each moment.

Pascal says his wife gets scanned every three months. “Every child needs a mother so we hope for the best,” he said.

Learn more about the Ruelle’s journey on their family site.

Watch and read Summar and Sapphire’s story on KGW Newschannel 8.
Watch the story on CNN.
Read the YAHOO! Shines and United Kingdom-Daily Mail stories.