June marks a significant date as it is the month that Isabella lost her fight to neuroblastoma. This year will be 5 years since we lost her to this horrible disease on June 28th, 2012. The Santos family has been through their ups and downs in dealing with losing a daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece and cousin. But as you have most likely noticed, they have persevered… and they lead the push to fight for kids with cancer in Isabella’s honor. This month we will be sharing both the happy and raw times as we celebrate Isabella’s spirt and the legacy she left behind.
“With Isabella being my first child… my favorite memories ever are around my “first time” fatherhood experiences. When Isabella learned to speak. When she learned to walk. Seeing her guide herself around the living room table, trying to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other were so unbelievably special for me. I was just so excited for her. I’ll never forget the dash to see who could greet me first when I walked in the door. Isabella, Grant and our lab Bailey would immediately stop what they were doing and run to hug me once Erin yelled out, “Daddy’s home”. Isabella would normally muscle out the other two to reach me first. Outside of our children’s birth, those moments in which she welcomed me home will stay with me forever and remain as some of my best moments on this earth. I will forever hear ‘Daddy’s home” in her little voice in the back of my mind and heart.” – Isabella’s Daddy
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