Staff, teachers and friends wanted to help when a little girl's cancer returned this spring. The project became even more meaningful for the family.
We first met Camryn Storbeck in the summer of 2012. Princess Camryn was enjoying her first camp during a break from what she called her icky cancer. Dad Paul Storbeck says, "Princess Camryn is our daughter who about 3 and a half years ago was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer. It was pretty devastating news as you will expect."
Camryn underwent radiation, chemotherapy, blood transfusions and stem cell transplants, all with a picture perfect smile on her face. Mom Jen Storbeck says, "It was important to keep her going to school to camp, to all the activities she would do. For us, that was a huge part in keeping her going. Everything was a normal lifestyle for us, except she was being treated for cancer."
Paul says, "Unfortunately, about 3 and a half weeks ago, we lost Camryn. But, we found, we knew she touched many people's lives, but we didn't realize the extent."
The nurse at Camryn's school was already figuring out ways to help her weeks before she suddenly passed away. Jen says, "She's like, people are asking what can we do? We need to know what we could do. She talked about meals, financial stuff, and I'm like donate blood."
Camryn's school is honoring her through a blood drive. It's Tuesday, May 27th at Crestview Elementary School from 1 to 6 p.m. Jen says, "The whole thought was it was for Camryn knowing she was going to need it. It's obviously taken a whole other turn of events initially anticipated because of Camryn passing away."
Camryn received multiple blood products a week during treatment. Her parents say this is one way to keep the spunky seven year-old's spirit alive. Jen says, "We're very adamant that we carry on Camryn's legacy, and the blood drive, making sure people know there are many ways people can help kids with life threatening conditions."
The blood drive in honor of Camryn is Tuesday at Crestview Elementary located at 8355 Franklin Avenue in Clive. You can schedule your appointment at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. At last check, 24 appointments were still available.
Crestview Elementary School will also dedicate a tree to Camryn that afternoon. Hy-Vee will grill food and princesses from Little Princess Parties will be on hand for the event.