Elk River family’s cancer journey brings smiles to kids in hospitals
The time Aric and Kristen Burma spent on the oncology floor at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis through their son’s brief but difficult cancer battle is unshakable.
“No parent should ever have to be on that floor,” Kristen said.
But they are, keeping watch over their children as they lie in hospital beds and endure painful treatments for days, weeks and sometimes months on end. Some don’t recover.
Zachary Burma’s cancerous tumor was removed shortly after he turned 1 year old. His cancer is gone. Zachary, now 5, is able to run and play like a normal boy his age.
The Burmas, of Elk River, are grateful, but their heart still aches for the other children and their families who now find themselves hospitalized for a whole array of reasons.
“I struggle with why,” Kristen said. “Why are we so lucky.”