On August 27th, Arden Shore turned five-years old.
That same week she packed up her backpack for her first day of kindergarten.
One month later, Arden climbed and ran through an obstacle course in the hallway of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Her father, trying his best to keep up with her, streamed the happy moment on Facebook Live to friends and family. As she finished the last obstacle, she reached up and rang the bell — signifying she just received her final chemotherapy treatment.
Holding back the tears.
They had my back the whole time.
When Justin told his coworkers what was going on, he received an outpouring of love and support.
“My District Manager, Debbie Sachs, was so kind and accommodating throughout this two and a half year journey. Our Director, Chris Lavigne, reached out to me as well. They told me anything I needed, they had my back. That meant so much to me.”
And despite battling leukemia, and dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy, nothing stopped Arden from having fun.
“Some days she would come home from treatment, take a nap, eat some mac and cheese — her favorite snack, and then she would still have the energy to go out and practice gymnastics,” Justin shared. “She’s a real trooper, and she’s always so positive.”
Ringing the bell.
When the day for the bell-ringing ceremony came, Justin’s friends and extended family around the country wanted to experience the special moment.
“Everyone was asking me to do a livestream. Because I’m on Verizon, I wasn’t worried about the livestream dropping,” Justin said. “I only had to worry about not tripping as I tried to follow her with my phone.”
With Arden’s leukemia in remission, Justin and his family are looking forward to their lives getting back to normal.
“It’s such a sense of relief,” he said. “It’s a large weight off our shoulders. We could not have done it without the support from my team at work, and without Verizon’s incredible employee benefits package.”