CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) — The darker the storm, the brighter the rainbow.
What a year it has been for Clovis’s Telesmanic family, which is heading for better days after six-year-old Caroline battled osteosarcoma for the past nine months.
“I remember saying to myself, ‘Look at it day by day. Minute by minute. One foot in front of the other. We’ll get through it,'” said Shayna Telesmanic, Caroline’s mother.
Her mother Shayna, father Chris and big sister Alexandria were her biggest supporters, living in the hospital and dealing with treatments. Even creating special themes for overnight stays.
“For the mermaid theme, I’ve been crafting underwater mermaids,” explains Caroline Telesmanic of her themed overnight stays at the hospital, which she called the hotel.
Her bravery earned her the nickname ‘Brave Caroline’.
During the treatment, she gained courage and saved up to buy her puppy Goldie Belle. “I love her,” she said.
The community rallied behind Caroline and her family.
They wore “We’ve got this Caroline” t-shirts to show their support.
“I don’t know if I could have done it without the support of the community. I literally felt that the community was holding us up and helping Chris and me through this,” Shayna said.
They also made warrior boxes for more than 100 children with the Campaign One At A Time group and gave them to Valley Children’s Hospital.
“We tried putting together teen boxes and the community helped too. Through social media I put together an Amazon wish list and helped people. The Amazon guy thought I should shop anonymously because we had pallets of stuff delivered,” Shayna said.
The Telesmanics hope to be able to give back with more boxes in the future, participate in programs to help patients, and also encourage blood donation.
Caroline recently called for her last round of chemotherapy and was having a party.
Looking ahead, the six-year-old hopes to help other children. “I’d say hope you’re feeling better,” Caroline said.
Courage, perseverance and love: a recipe that has taken Caroline and her family through the storm and is now experiencing the sunshine in life.
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