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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Post Your Well Wishes and Messages

Please post your words of love, encouragement, and any other information you feel will be of benefit to the family. Simply click the POST A COMMENT button and begin typing your message. When finished click PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT. Larry and Gretchen will be reading this page several times a week. Thank you.


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Michelle Ugarte said...

I wanted to post a comment that I found your site through a Neuroblastoma "Google Alert" I have set up.

My daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in November of 2004. And I wanted to let you know that you are definitely not alone in your battle with this horrible disease. There are MANY kids being treated at that same hospital for Neuroblastoma.

I am apart of a support group for families of Neuroblastoma. You can join the list and meet many wonderful parents who can help you through this VERY difficult time in your life.

Here is the link if you are interested : http://listserv.acor.org/SCRIPTS/WA-ACOR.EXE?SUBED1=N-BLASTOMA&A=1

I have many links on our blog to other families that are battling the disease as well. Feel free to stop by when you have time. I know things may be chaotic right now.

Please know that our prayers are with your family. I will stop by often to check on your little Liam.
(I love that name by the way!) =)

Michelle Ugarte

The Hammer Family said...

Please know that your son Liam is in our prayers. He is such a darling little boy!
Our son Daniel was diagnosed with stage 4 nb in 2001 at age 3. He was also treated by the wonderful doctors at MSKCC. We traveled all the way from from MN to get their wonderful care. Daniel will be in remission for 5 years this May, and is a very happy and healthy 8 year old in second grade, doing wonderfully in school.. academically and socially.
Keep your hearts full of hope and prayer always.. and know that the Docs at MSKCC really know this disease very well.
God Bless,
Sara and Vic Hammer

PS Here is Daniel's website:

Jennifer said...

Best wishes from another MSKCC neuroblastoma family. My daughter Carolyn was diagnosed with stage iv nb in January 2003 at 4 1/2 years. We live outside Washington DC but stayed in NYC eight months for her treatment at MSK--the best decision I have ever made.

The road your are on is tough, but you will get through! Some days you will carry Liam and other days his amazing spirit and will to live will carry you. You will find strength you never knew you had, deeper love than you ever thought possible, and friends in the most unlikely places.

With faith and hope always,
Jennifer Click

Mara said...

We're in Morris County and when our daughter Laura was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in May 2005 her treatment was specified by MSK and tests and surgery done there but her chemo was administered in patient at Morristown Memorial exactly following the regimen specified by Dr. Kushner. This was close to home and between my husband and me taking turns in the hospital and running back and forth to home and me to work (also in Morris County) when I could we managed without having to relocate ourselves or staying in Ronald McDonald five blocks from MSK during chemo (your other option). Mara Stiles, Boonton Twp, Morris County, NJ (don't be discouraged by my daughter's case. She had very resistant nb that was not very responsive to any treatment at MSK and CHOP. As such we seemed be in a small minority of the nb patients we met most of whom were doing well in treatment ) Mara Stiles http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/laurastiles

Kaitlyn's mum said...

Michelle let us know about your son Liam.

Just wanted to say hello and our hearts are with you.

Colleen - Kaitlyn's mum

ebernard said...

Dear Gretchen,

I was with Sharyn when she heard the news from you, and I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that you are all having to face this. I am thinking of you, and will hope with all my heart for Liam's successful recovery.


Elyssa (Sharyn's sister)

rgoodliffe said...


Your Heat teammates are shocked and saddened by your news. I've added Liam to our church prayer list and my family and I will be praying for you guys every day.

Since we live nearby, we would like to help with babysitting and transportation. Please let me know your needs.

Bob Goodliffe

The Charles Family said...

Dear Witt Family,

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you every day! We found out about your precious Liam from Al (Larry's hockey teammate) who we go to church with. Our entire church will be praying for you. God is faithful and He will see you through this tough time. God bless you!

The Charles Family

Adam said...

Gretchen and Larry -

You two, and Ella, and especially Liam W-I-L-L get through this. It is sad and horrendous and difficult and unfair, but you W-I-L-L kick this cancer's butt. I know this from experience.

Two years ago, one of the kids in my family, 5-year-old Jake, was diagnosed with very aggressive malignant brain cancer. The tumor was intertwined in Jake's brain stem, so the doctors were not hopeful and his first surgery removed only a small portion of it.

Long story short, Jake is with us now and doing well. It's been a long, hard road but he's home and the cancer is in remission. I just know that you'll eventually have a similar story to tell.

My heart is with you guys.

-- Adam Ried

Marcy and Ava said...

Gretchen and Larry --

Giant prayers from Los Angeles. We are thinking of you and visualizing Liam's wellness.

Love to you all...

Marcy Walsh and Ava Walsh-Corbett

6/1at650 said...

Larry and Gretchen,

You and your family are in our prayers daily.

Pam and Phil

Scott & Cindy Goolsby said...

Larry, your sweet mom is keeping us informed of everything. We were very sad to hear your news. We will keep Liam in our prayers.

Scott & Cindy Goolsby

Chanel Kozakiewicz said...

To the Witt Family,
I am a complete stranger, but I had gotten an e-mail from a dear friend with such unfortunate news earlier today. At 22 years of age, I recently (within the past month) lost my father to stage iv lung cancer. And though there isn't anything I can say that may put your minds or hearts at rest, just know that your little boy will fight as hard as he can because children innately know to put their all into something.

From what I have read on your page, as well as what I know about MSKCC, your little angel is in wonderful hands. I wish you nothing but love, peace, and strong health as you make your way through this trying journey. Unfortunately, I am not a blood match, but I will forward the e-mail received to let all know about Liam's battle.

Anonymous said...

Larry / Gretchen,
I work at Helen of Troy your email was forwarded to me. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and when I read your email I thought of her, needless to say it made me cry. I can't imagine what you're going through. Your son is beautiful, and like so many other well wishers have said, children are a lot stonger than we think. I'm sure you'll get through this. You've been in my prayers since I read about Liam. May God bless you all.

Kate Tyler said...


My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...


I heard about Liam from Vivian Jao today.... You and your family are in our prayers.

Yuri Asano

Vivian said...


I'm so sorry to hear this unfortunate news about Liam. With my son turning 2 this month, I can only imagine what you're family is going through. I've spread the word re an apt search. This was forwarded by a friend of mine. You may already have this information about the hospital's arranged accommodations, but in case you don't:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,New York, NY: Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an arrangement for accommodations with Helmsley Medical Tower, within two blocks of the Cancer Center. Call 1-800-HM-TOWER or (212) 472-8400 for rate information. Should no rooms be available at the Helmsley Medical Tower, the Barbizon Hotel, about a fifteen minute walk from Sloan-Kettering offers standard rooms. Call 1-800-223-1020 for more information.

Vivian Jao

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen,
Your painful news is dizzying. I promise to keep sending love and postive energy to you and your precious family. I'll dedicate yoga practice to Liam and you all. Your message was beautifully written...thank you for sending it to me. Anyone who knows you knows your really endearing sweetness, enthusiasm and energy. Liam is very lucky to have you as his mother.


Carrie Bachman said...

Gretchen & Larry -
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Liam will beat this terrible disease. I currently live near the hospital. Let me know what I can do to help.
The link below is a local rental apt near the hospital.
Carrie Bachman

Amber Witt said...

Gretchen and Larry, I am so so sorry you and Liam are going through this. This is extremely hard for all of us to grasp. It truly isn't fair. I have faith, however, that Liam is a fighter and will get through this. It is amazing to see that so many people have visited this site, many that don't even know you. There is alot of support out there to help you through this terrifying time. And its clear that you're at the best hospital that you could be at. I wish I was closer so that there was more that I could do. Im thinking about you all, especially sweet Liam, all the time. I miss you all and love you very very much. Give Liam lots of hugs and kisses from all of us who can't be there. Love, Amber

Chris said...

Gretchen and Larry, our prayers for Liam are nonstop. We are with you with constant love and prayers.

Very much love.

Liezel and Chris Gunn

Crystal Davis said...

I participate with an organization called Make A Child Smile. We send letters and small packages to children like Liam to keep spirits up and provide a distraction. Please check out www.makeachildsmile.org if you are interested. I will be thinking of your family and I wish you the best of luck.

jbg200 said...

Larry and Gretchen,

My heart goes out to you as parents. I am sitting here fighting back the tears at work while I write this. What terrible news to hear that Liam is fighting for his life with this serious disease. Such a young soul and to have to go through this life-threatening ordeal is just incomprehensible. Having two kids of my own, one of which is the same age as Liam, it's just inimaginable what you must ge going through right now. The emotional swings, the questions and the tough decisions that have to be made. All I can do is pray. And pray again. Every chance I have I will be praying for a miracle in Prince Liam the Brave's life and for you as parents to remain strong.

Please, please, please, if there is anything I can do to help just let me know. I don't know too many people in the city but I will do my best to ask around at work and church for anyone with an available apartment. In the mean time just know that Liam is being lifted up in faith by my family and through the prayer chain at church. There are many saints praying for Liam's complete healing.

Stay strong and keep the faith!

Jeff Graham

Shirley Staples said...

Gretchen and Larry, I hope things are going as well as can be expected since I visted with you the day Liam was being transferred from the PIU to the inpatient wing. I've tried to call you a few times but your message machine was full. Please don't hesitate to call me any time with questions -- or have a friend or family member call me if you are busy. I am right over here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and am happy to discuss tips for coping with treatment or pop by if needed. Also, I want to let you know that we too were out of network and were able to quickly win this battle with our insurer. I'm happy to share our experience and a few insights that were valuable for us on the insurance front. Most importantly, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you travel this difficult path.

Sending warmest wishes and hope your way!!

SHIRLEY STAPLES (staplesvangel@mac.com) (mother of Simon, now age 13, treated for stage iv nb at mskcc 1998-2001, and Sophie, age 19, founder of Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer in NYC)

Barry Traylor said...

Gretchen & Larry:

Spoke with Sharyn yesterday and heard the news. The cutest 2 year old on the hill is in our hearts and prayers and added to our prayer list at church.

We left our number with Sharyn. Let us know if we can do anything around the house or property that can help out. I can check on the place in the evenings and weekends and want to help. If you want us to stop in and check on Sharyn, the nanny or Ella, we will. They may not call us, because they don't know us, but you do.

My kids would love to walk the dogs, or just give them some weekend exercise in the yard.

Take care of that little man and please let us know what we can do to help at home.

Your neighbors, Barry, Jill, Rachel & Zachary. barry@processcontrols.com

Anonymous said...

This past Saturday I donated platelets for Liam and please let me reassure everyone who reads this that it is noting to be afraid of. It doesn't hurt, the staff treats you like royalty and you get to rest or look at TV for about one hour while the process is going on.
Think of your donated platelets as little soldiers lined up and ready to come to the aid of our Prince Liam the Brave.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen and family,
My heart breaks for you. Please know that your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers daily, and that your dear son will beat this horrific disease. I live in NJ and work in NYC and would be happy to help you in any way that I can. Unfortunately, my life has been touched by cancer in more ways than one. Because of this, please know that I understand the help that you may need and will do anything I can. Please contact me should you need me to run errands, walk dogs, babysit - anything. I am HAPPY to help.
Best, Leanne Miller (C-CAP)

Johnny said...

Wanted to let you know that your family and those other families i have just read about are on my mind and in my prayers. I wish I could give those little ones my strength to fight back and get better.

Marc said...

Gretchen & Larry-
We are here at the Housewares Show all thinking of little Liam, you both as well as Ella. To know that you are back in NY all exerting a maximum degree of love and energy is what gives us the strength to convey the OXO spirit to others in your absence. Many are asking for you both and hoping and praying to hear positive feedback on the success of Liam's battle. Trust me when I say your network of support and prayer is absolutely enormous, and realize that where we can, in addition to a PR pitch or sale of OXO good, we receive pledge after pledge of prayer and also many blood and platelet donor promises Thinking of you all and hoping life returns to normal as soon as humanly possible-

maggie.ruggiero said...

Gretchen, Larry, + Liam,
Godspeed tough cookie!

Judy Bloomfield said...

You are in my prayers

jmelton said...

Gretchen and family,

I do not have a child with Neuroblastoma, but as a Mom of 2, I can't even imagine how this has shattered your world. Your email and blogspot are so brave and admirable. I can only wish that we would have as much strength if in your position. Your family and Liam will be in my prayers and more importantly my childrens. Jill, Nora and Sam Melton

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting news of Liam's progress. You're all in my heart and thoughts, and I'm sending hugs your way.

Anonymous said...

When we have nothing left but God, we’ll find that God is enough. We may trust Him to carry us through that dark night of the soul and on into the dawning light.

"In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." Psalm 94:19

Andrew Yancovitz said...

I know that I have no real connection to either of you, but Lisa Speransky, my girlfriend, showed me this blog and it absolutely broke my heart. Liam must be the cutest toddler we've ever laid eyes on. We cannot imagine what your family is going through, but you will certainly be in our thoughts. I wish you all the best of luck on what will clearly be a long journey to recovery. We live on the upper west side and would be more than happy to babysit Ella or assist in daily duties such as food shopping and laundry. Liam needs you to be there with him and we would be delighted to assist in making that possible in any way.

-Lisa and Andrew

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy that Liam is in a hospital that is so familiar with the needs of children - the fact that he "gets" to be in the little red wagon is just way cool, you do whatever it takes to lift their spirits as much as possible. I think Liam is in VERY good hands. Having met his parents only the one time, I believe Prine Liam comes very strong stock. I'm positive that he is and will continue to be a good fighter.

We continue to think of and pray for you all.

Scott & Cindy Goolsby

Johnboy said...

Hi Larry and Gretchen, Johnboy here. Was a strange show without you. The Crate ladies including Sandy Kortright, Marjorie, and Suzy Payne all send love and prayers. For myself not a day goes by when I am going through serious emotion for you. I can only imagine what it is like for you. You are both brave beautiful people. You know so many people and I am sure it becomes daunting the amount of work even to see all the emails. Just know that this loyal boy in Chicago loves you and your family.

Morey McFarren said...

Gretchen and Larry, Please know that we (the reps) are all thinking of you and praying for Liam each and every day. I read all your blogs today and see that Liam really is brave in the way he is living with all the changes in his life. It must help you get through each day seeing that he continues to have a zest for all those wonderful curiosities like the floor waxer and the buttons that operate it. When he recovers from this experience we can all look back and appreciate his ability to endure during this extremely difficult time. Your encouragement and belief in him as well as our prayers will make it happen.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do beyond what is already listed on this blog site.

You would have heard from me much sooner but I could not get through to this blog site. I thought it was still being set up because I kept getting a notice that it doesn't exist on my laptop, so I tried my PC at the office today now that I am back from the show and it works.

You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday.
...............Morey McFarren

Anonymous said...

Liam - keep up the good fight. Our prayers are with you every day.

Gretchen and Larry - stay strong. This will only bring you closer together and make you realize how fragile life is.

With love -

The Rudeau's

Lily - Maggie - Melanie and John
(Lily is in Liam's class at First Step Learning Center.)

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen and Larry: We think about you all the time and send our thoughts and prayers...and platelets, as of this Saturday. Robert and I have an appt to give platelets in the afternoon. We will try to stop for a visit, though I think the blog says you can't have any (visitors, not platelets) right now. In the meantime, we send our love,
Charlotte Barnard and Robert Sawyer

Marge Perry said...

I know of a small one bedroom apt. on 68th, but across town, that is available without a lease and for indeterminate periods of time. The owner is an actress who often rents it to other actors for as long as they are appearing in NYC. If this is useful as a temporary solution, let me know and I will put you in touch.

Anonymous said...

We can face any fear when we know the Lord is near. No matter what happens to us, we have this assurance. Open your eyes and your heart. He is there.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalms

Donna Reynolds said...

I heard your sad news while visiting the OXO booth during the Housewares Show. I also spoke to Sharon Franke. Wanted you to know your family is in my thoughts and prayers. If I can do anything from a distance please have someone let me know. We have lots of dinosaurs we could share. Donna John Reynolds

Anonymous said...

i don't know you, but the story of your little prince was forwarded to me through friends...my prayers are with you every step of the way. liam, you are a soldier and you can make it through this and go on to conquer anything...i know it!

provenjp@speakeasy.net said...

Hi Larry and Gretchen, just saw the latest blog and update. When I read how brave Liam is being and how incredibly painful this is I want to somehow make my kids understand how lucky they are. They complain about things that in perspective are absolutely ludicrous. Liam is going to be one great young man for having to go through this and there will never be prouder parents as you watch him grow. Since Liam wants to travel I am seeing Disney in his future and a personal visit from Mickey. I am also seeing a floor cleaning machine at the Witt household in the future. Hang in there and never give up. Love from Chicago.

Sherry said...

Larry and Gretchen,
I wish I could be there to help you both in some way. Please know that our thougths and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I hope being able to write about the situation in your blog is helpful. I know we all appreciate you updating us on the latest with Liam's care. I can certainly relate to your frustrations with needing to push for the best care from the Dr's and nurses there. It is wonderful that you can both be there to be an advocate for Liam's care. Please let us know if we can do anything at all to help you and your fammily. I will be in town in a couple of weeks and hope that I will be able to stop by and see Liam and both of you. Take care of yourself...
Love Sherry and Greg

Anonymous said...

I am so so glad to hear that Liam is a "happy dinosaur"! Keep your spirts high and know that there is not a day that goes by without a prayer for Liam and your entire family.

Take Care,

Megan Hoover

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of a friend and someone who has lost a young family member after a long battle with leukemia. I would strongly urge you to care for yourselves and each other, physically, mentally and emotionally. Do not be afraid to seek help: It is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Anonymous said...

Dear Larry, When I received the e-mail from Alex, my heart broke for you and your family. I know the amazing love you have for your children and can only imagine what you are going through. I want you to know that as I leave Helen of Troy, I take you and your family with me in my heart and prayers. I know what a great father you are and can only image that Gretchen is an even more amazing mother. Keep focused on positive thoughts and trust God to bring you through this. Remember, Psalms - Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me. I know some day Liam and your family will be an inspiration to someone else going through this devastating process.

If there is anything I can ever do to help, you have my cell phone number.

Mary Shanks

Gabrielle said...

Dear Gretchen and Larry:

I just wanted to let you both know that I am thinking of you and Liam and Ella everyday and sending you positive thoughts and hugs and smiles. You are an amazing wonderful family and I am so touched by your courage, determination and love for one another. I have no doubt those strengths will pull you all through these difficult months.

Love to you all, Gabrielle.

kate and john lubenesky said...

Hello Witts! Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the updates on how Liam is doing, it helps us all to empathize with the little guy and to be there fighting this battle with him, in spirit. Sounds like he is responding to treatment which is a huge blessing - go Liam!

Kate and John

Suzanne Howard said...

Gretchen & Larry,
My heart is heavy for you on hearing about your sad news. I will send many prayers for you and, with your strength behind him, I know Liam will fight through this.
With much love and hope for you,

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry,
My thoughts andprayers are with you all every day. I am around at Hunter Tuesday and Thursday evening and around most days, if there is anything I can do I am ready and available. Give liam a hug from me.
Sarah Parker

Anonymous said...

Larry and Gretchen, I know you will get Liam through this. I pray daily for Liam's recovery.

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry,
Our daughter Ella is in Liam's class at First Step. We are praying for your entire family. We have contacted friends and family that work and/or live in the city to try to find any available apartments. In the meantime (you may already have this information) I found these on-line that are associated with MSKCC: www.tempapts.com Catherine Della Torre 212-445-0494; www.equitycorporatehousing.com Marea Nathanson 212-367-7368; www.funishedquarters.com Selena Rogers 646-218-4347 or 212-367-9400. If you need me to call any of them for you, please contact me. Also, if you need any help with your daughter Ella, or anything else, please do not hesitate to ask. Email address-janna.jackson@physiciansformula.com
Again, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Janna, Kevin and Ella Jackson

Lorraine Friedman said...

Dear Gretchen, Larry, Ella...and of course Prince Liam,

David and I are having only positive thoughts flowing towards you. This is my first ever BLOG... could never have imagined we would be posting on someones wall... makes us feel young :-), and kinda like our daughters who couldn't live without their facebook!

We can't read without tears, but still appreciate having your updates so we know what's going on. We had to slow down plans for our trip to NY because David fell and broke his shoulder, and then Chicago, but you will see us very soon!
Sent Colorforms to the house for Liam...forgot to include a note or gift card...but now you'll know.
When you have a NYC address, be sure to let us know. We will send all the GREEN cleaning items you need for there, along with an air cleaner so you are all living as chemical/toxin free as possible. No sense in sending it before since you will have enough to move.
All good thoughts, along with our love and prayers.
David & Lorraine

Anonymous said...

Dear Liam, Gretchen,Larry,
I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I have known Gretchen & Jack for many years.. You have a wonderful family and are part of a community of friends and family who truly care for Liam. Prince Liam the Brave has shown us what bravery is all about. He is a most beautiful child. I keep him close to my heart.
Love, Stephanie Begovich

Amy Bloom said...

Larry, Gretchen, Ella and Liam -
I just read the news from Dawn and I wanted to write you to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I wish there was something that I could do or say to make the situation better. Just know that you have each other and a wonderful support system that I know will help you all thru this.
Take care, Amy, Brandon and Benjamin Bloom

Emily said...

The world is a teeny-tiny little place. There are so many people you will never meet who are moved by the beauty of your son, the power of your words and the enormity of the battle you are fighting.

I learned about you through one of my best, dearest friends, Julie Y in NC, who forwarded me your email almost two weeks ago. She requested that we all keep you in our prayers. When I reached back out to her, she mentioned you are a Meredith College graduate. I'm an Angel, too - Class of '98.

Praying for you and giving you some "Angel" power from down here in NC is the easy stuff. Hang in there through the tough stuff. I, too, have a little blonde haired boy who loves his red wagon, power tools and machines, and his books about dinosaurs. We send hugs to Liam when we hug each other.

Anonymous said...

"Cast your burdens on the Lord, releasing the weight of them and He will sustain you." (Psalm 55:22)

Lthough it may not always seem like it, God is with you through all of this, carrying Liam through. Cast all your cares upon Him.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know that I think of the three of you so often and my heart goes out to you. Liam's handling of all of this is unbelievable. Please, please let me know if I can help in any way. I'm great at running errands, finding stuff, and such.

Amber Witt said...

Witt family... I just wanted you to know that I've been keeping up with your updates and am thinking about you all the time. I wish I could be there. I was so glad to hear that Liam got to leave the hospital! How exciting that must have been. Its amazing how brave and strong Liam has been, and I really appreciate you setting up this website to keep us all informed. Reading it always brings me to tears... by being sad for what Liam is having to go through, and for being so moved by how he is handling it. Liam is very lucky to have such wonderful loving parents to see him through such a tough time. He truly is blessed, as he is a blessing to all of us who love him. Love you all.

Carlee said...

I got an email this morning from my brother travis and I just finished reading your messages. My heart is full and my family and I will keep your family in our prayers and thoughts. Liam sounds like an amazing boy who has a lot of strength. I'm a radiation therapist and a CT tech and I have seen many people make it through difficult things, and Liam sounds like one of those people who amazes me with their positive attitude and endurance.
Sincerely, Carlee from Utah

Peter Bang-Knudsen said...

We missed Larry and Gretchen at the Housewares Show, but the busier than ever OXO booth was full of excitement and a testament to your diligent work throughout the year.
Several OXO representatives started discussing what we could do to help. David and Lorraine Friedman of the Northeast Group organized a conference call after the show. We agreed to organize a rep's network of support and are actively pursuing ideas of how we can make a difference. I want to thank David and Lorraine for stepping out and taking the lead on this.
We all care very much about our collegues, Larry and Gretchen and of course our love and prayers are with Liam. Be assured that we are with you for the long-run.

Jill and Peter Bang-Knudsen

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry -

Greetings from the Parr family. Our hearts are full for you, and we add our mite to the thoughts and prayers from the throngs of people supporting you and your Liam.

Judy and the Parrs (Mom sends special wishes, Gretchen.)

Anonymous said...

Fix your mind on the Lord. Ask for His help. Then trust Him to give you peace in your storm. The secret of peace is to give every anxious care to God.

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3

Anonymous said...

Hi Larry and Gretchen, I was having a hard day of work and then read the updates and realized how good I have it. All those nice restaurants Larry and I have eaten at will be no more now that I know all he needs is peanut butter on wheat toast. I was really glad to read how well Liam ate. Sounds like my 19 year old who will eat 5 meals one day, then just one the next day. My thoughts are with you everyday and I am really glad to read the updates. Love to Liam and family from Chicago.

Cathleen Mandigo said...

Dear Gretchen & Larry,
I am awakened at night regularly with my heart full of prayers and a sense of what you are experiencing. Many hours spent in thought & prayer for you, and for our dear friend Florence & Kathleen.

Having seen the strength and passion in Florence for Kathleen's health and recovery, and the support and prayers from those that know her, must be an inspiration to you and Larry. You are not alone.

There are many at Meyer that are praying for you, Liam. Larry & Ella. Lots of positive energy coming your way from California!

Florence & I are hoping to arrange to see you in May.

Much love and prayers on this first day of Spring.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen,

Little Liam is in the hearts of your many friends (and from the looks of this blog - "new friends" you didn't know - supporters from near and far!). :) So from Seattle to New York, you have the love and thoughts of those who care about you to help see you through this most difficult, surreal time. Jay and I will be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. We wish you the most strength you can muster and when you can't muster any more - rest, and let these friends lift you up. We're just a phone call or email away.
Much love,
Steph and Jay (Seattle)

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry,

I am a Marywood college friend of Stephanie's and she just shared with me your blog and the news of your beautiful son's diagnosis. I am so deeply touched by your words and the sweet pictures of Liam. My tears can't seem to stop flowing reading all that you have had to endure so far. Please know, Gretchen, that as the mothers surrounded and supported you in the hospital, there will be a group of mothers from my women's group at church, in Shelton, CT, surrounding and supporting all of you in prayer.


Ronit said...

We found you through the NB list, wanted you to know that Liam and all of you are in our prayers! You are at the best place to be fighting this beast! We will be thinking and praying for all of you.

Ronit & Michael (NBIV Jan 11th 2005, never NED but going strong!) Israel.

Katherine Sall said...

Hi Everyone,

The Prince Liam the Brave Blog is fantastic! Thank you again for taking the time to keep us all informed in this way. I am learning so much, and find myself transfixed by every word I read. I am empowered by what you have shared. Thank you.

Kudyba has some cute little cards that she made for Liam in her new Book/PrintMaking Class. She has asked me to send them to Liam so, I will do this right now.

Liam's photos are on our refrigerator at home, and he has become one of our biggest topcis of conversation.

We want a photo of Liam with Dinosaurs!

Looking forward,
Katherine, Djoulde, and Kudyba

Grandma Judy Bloomfield said...

Hi Liam, Larry and Gretchen,

Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the singing and playing Liam did for me yesterday, he does a lovely "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", what else would a grandma say?? So glad to hear the good news that Liam does not have the flu and glad you did not have to wait the five days. I can just picture him swabbing his nose and pushing his IV pole around, although I would much rather see him searching for frogs in his pond and I know you would too. I am so proud of my brave Prince Liam. Love and kisses and hugs, Grandma Judy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you both for keeping the blog and keeping us all up to date. I try to look every day to see how things are going in your part of the world. It certainly sounds like Liam is truly making the best of the situation, and keeping a very good attitude. It sounds like a very wonderful hospital to be in, if you have to be in one I suppose. We think of you all the time. Stay strong, keep the faith. We'll be sending your positive thoughts and prayers in your direction. Scott & Cindy Goolsby

K Murtfeldt said...

Gretchen and Larry,

As we all continue to monitor Liam's progress, we are all drawn in with your thoughts and feelings.

Last year my Mom passed away from a nine year battle with colon cancer, I know first hand difficulties of the treatment and dealing with health care issues.

We are all thinking about Liam and praying for strength for all of you during this really difficult time.

Kathy & Bob Murtfeldt

Anonymous said...

Larry and Gretchen, I just received your email from Jodie and wanted to send you all good thoughts, and prayers for success in Liam's treatments. I am glad you will all get to be together now. What a brave strong boy you have.

First Step of Lebanon said...

A Quick note from First Step: Liam's class has been working very hard on making a card for him. Miss Amanda and Miss Shelly have taken all the children's pictures so Liam can see his school friends again. All of our families are desperate to help in some way. Please let us know if you need any help during your move..can we take Ella for a few hours while you pack? We're only a phone call away if you need anything.

Jill and Staff

Anonymous said...

Please give Liam hugs from Aunt Jodie.I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Aunt Jodie,Uncle Mike,and Bryce said...

Larry, Gretchen, Liam, and Ella,
Thank you so much for updating this site.It really helps us feel like we are there with you.I want you to know that a minute does not go by that you are not in my thoughts.I wish I could be there as Liam's nurse at the hospital.I know that he has captured the hearts of people all over the United States. How can he not? He is so precious. Words cannot describe the special little boy that he is. He has this way about him that just captivates people.Liam is so lucky to have such wonderful parents as I know that you are lucky to have such a wonderful little boy. Stay strong.I know he will make it through this.Remember that he has his guardian angel,Grandma Ann holding him tight in her ANGEL wings at the moments that he needs it the most. She is giving him comfort and showering him with angel kisses.Please utilize your friends and family that are so willing to help in any way that they can.Please call if you need to talk. Please give Liam our love. Bryce's class will send more pictures soon. Love, Jodie,Mike,and cousin Bryce

Lorraine Friedman said...

My Mom called yesterday to see how Liam was- if you don't recall she runs the prayer chain at her church- Liam remains at the top of the list! Needless to say she takes great interest in making sure the power of prayer she so fervently believes in reaches everyone she cares for. I relay this message to remind you that there is a huge network of support out here all working to help you in whatever ways we can.
Mom and I spoke about my girls and David, but mostly about you and Liam, and the other things that can be done to help. Obviously she is praying for that success, too!
It's another Monday morning for us, and I am thinking of you all, wishing for you to have just another Monday morning very soon.
Love XX

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry,
I heard about Prince Liam through my old friends at the the magazine. Tom and I want you to know our hearts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this time. Liam is the most beautiful little man!!! Reading your description of his diagnosis, though I'm sure so painful for you to write, made me cry. Gavin being 18 months now, it really hits home.

Good luck in the coming weeks. We will be thinking of you.

Jennifer Jones

Maria Galletta said...

It was nice to meet you this week at MSK, I hope Liam remains fever-free and that his counts come back up quickly. Enjoy the instant weight loss! But... try to take care of yourself too.
Maria Galletta

Hutchinson Family said...

Hi there Larry, Gretchen and Liam,

I just sent you copies of the first batch of donations that have come in for Liam over the past several weeks. It is so touching to see generosity of all your friends.

Ben is also a big fan of twinkle twinkle little star and wishes he could sing it with Liam. He decided to send a little something for him in the mail. Love the Hutchinsons

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and sending warm, happy thoughts your way. Liam may be little, but his heart and spirit are big enough to beat this. Best of luck with all to come-
Lindsey Emery

Anonymous said...

Gretchen & Larry,
Our daughters, Caroline and Kate, both attend First Step in Lebanon with Liam (Caroline is in Miss Jenn's class and Kate is in the baby room with Miss Nancy). We want you to know that Liam is in our thoughts & prayers and if there is anything at all we can do, please do not hesitate to ask. We would be more than happy to help with watching Ella if you need extra help or help with your home in NJ while your in NYC (we live fairly close by off of Haytown Road). We cannot imagine all that you must be going through, but if there's anything we can do to help in any way, please ask.

All our best,
Tracy, Robert, Caroline & Kate Hornby

Anonymous said...

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

Praying for the Lord to sustain your family during this difficult time. He is there, keep looking up.

Caryn Franca said...

Hi Gretchen, I so believe it was no accident that I heard a "whisper" to reach out to you today at the clinic! Wow, I am very encouraged to know a lot of what you shared with me! This disease has to have a bigger voice! As for your concerns about "keeping the bugs away" ... yes you live with a heightened sense of vulnerability but don't be overly worried. Most infections actually come from the body itself, like a line infection. I used to make Nick wear a mask when he was neutropenic and then they said to not worry about it! He was relieved. I will keep a constant watch on your blog! I see some of my NB friends found you before I did, from the guestbook!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! None are too silly. I was just in your shoes not long ago!
Most fondly,
Caryn Franca, mom of Nick 17, remission NB almost a year!!!

Anonymous said...

Thou will keep him in Perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
Isaaiah 26:3

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Praying for peace beyond understanding, wisdom in every decision, and guidance.

Landon Holden said...

I just read your entire blog and I was stunned at the similarities to my son. My son Daniel is also at MSKCC being treated for stage IV NB. He is currently going through his second round of antibodies, so we only come up every three weeks now. Daniel's diagnosis came on October 25, 2006, his third birthday. We just finished the treatment protocol at the end of February and it is tough, but you and Liam will endure. I would like to offer ANY and all assistance to you. Please let me help you with anything or any questions.
With love,
Landon Holden

David Lebovitz said...

Dear Gretchen: I heard the news about your son and just wanted to drop a note to send my best wishes. He's a lucky little one to have such caring parents and I'll certainly be hoping for a successful and speedy remission & recovery.

xx David

Anonymous said...

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Praying for God to strenghten your family during this time, and that you can face all things with confidence, knowing that God is with you.

Mary Ellen Blye said...

Larry & Gretchen, I have been trying to think how I could possibly write how my heart reaches out to you all. I will only say that there has been a candle buring in my home 24 hours a day(It's a Catholic thing) for Liam since the day we heard about his diagnosis. His picture from this website was cut and put into a picture frame with my 3 year old great niece who was diagnosed with Leukemia 1 1/2 years ago at age 1 1/2. Jack & I pray for them both every day and you are all in our thoughts every day.

Visiting Lexie consists of sitting at the front door of their house and "playing" thru the glass as she also is going thru Chemo and cannot have anyone in physical contact. After reading your message from this week, I called Jack and there is now a candle buring for you and Gretchen also. Hope they both help. Keep your chins up and conquer one day at a time. All my love and prayers. Mary Ellen

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen and Larry,
You don't know me but My dad is friends with your Mom, Sharon. We heard of the heart breaking news regarding little Liam and want you to know that we pray for that precious little guy everyday. I have a two year old son myself and I cannot imagine the heartbreak that you all all are going through.
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers each and every day.
Bridget Matlock-Homoki

Lisa Roberts said...

Dear Gretchen,

Although we haven't met, having only spoken on the phone, I do feel I know you. I have been incredibly impacted by your son's plight and how you have chosen to communicate this journey to others. And in reading through people's comments, it's clear that so many are going on this journey with you with love and support.

I would like to make a donation to the National Transplant Assistance Fund on Liam's behalf. And I will keep Liam and your family in my prayers.

With love,
Lisa Roberts

Anonymous said...

You and your husband should be so proud of yourselves for how you are being strong for Liam, how you are fighting for him, and how you are turning a scary experience into as much fun as possible.

We stand with you in praying for his battle. We will continue to pray that his precious body will respond to the chemo, and that he will be healed.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm

When we feel darkness begin to close in on us, we need to turn to Jesus, the Light. You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God’s Word.

"Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8

Nancy Baggett said...

Dear Gretchen,

I am weeping as I write this--I am so, so sorry to hear of your terrible news. I have a beautiful granddaughter just a little older than your precious Liam, and the idea that she or any other child should have to go through such an ordeal is hard to fathom. I am also so sorry for the terrible pain you and your husband are enduring--I can only begin to imagine its depth. I will be wishing with all my heart that you and family will get through this sucessfully and have a healthy, happy Liam back home again soon.


Nancy Baggett

Anonymous said...

"Cast your burdens on the Lord, releasing the weight of them and He will sustain you." (Psalm 55:22)

Annie DiGregorio said...

Dear Gretchen, Larry, Liam and Ella,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers every day. It is wonderful that Liam is receiving the best care possible, both from MSK and his Mom, Dad, and baby sister. Sending positive thoughts your way! All my best,

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Liam, you and your family. May God watch over you all. I heard about Liam through my cousin Grace in NYC... and was so moved by your blog.... take care, keep the faith -- kathy in San Francisco

Anonymous said...

"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

John 16:33
In the middle of sorrows and trials, we can take heart and have peace. Not because things are easy, but because the hard things of this life are temporary and are preparing for us an eternal glory. Our peace is not in the absence of strife or troubles, but in Jesus and what he has done to make our future sure!

Be near, O God, in the middle of trials and hardships. Stir The Witt family's hearts with your Spirit to remember your promises and your faithfulness. Give them the peace of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Heal Liam's body and give him peace and comfort through this time. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen,

I just received the news of Liam's diagnosis, and wanted to immediately send you our love and prayers. My own boys are just over 4 now, and I know how hard it is to see them sick with the ordinary things let alone deal with cancer. Liam is receiving the best care from the doctors at Memorial, and you are a most loving and caring mom who is doing the absolute best for her beautiful little boy.

I will share your story with friends and family here in DC to keep Liam and your family in their prayers and thoughts. There is large circle of friends who wish you healing and comfort.

All our love,

Mary Ann Svec, Tom, Robbie & Stevie Mirabello

Anonymous said...

Hi Gretchen and Larry...

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say I am thinking of you and sending all good thoughts to Liam. I am in awe of Liam and his strength and also in awe of you guys...you are a wonderful beautiful family. Hello to Ella and much love and support.
Sandy Kortright

Anonymous said...

Sending tons of prayers and love from Greensboro, NC. I got your website off of Laura Stiles's caringbridge. I'm so sorry that you are beginning the NB journey. I hope that Liam is feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

Romans 8:26-28

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

More Than Conquerors

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Emmers said...

Hey Liam and Family - I found your site through a friend, and I am from NJ too! (Chatham Twp) Anyway, I would love to help by donating platelets. I will be home in NJ all summer, and will check in with you guys frequently so my platelets can be of some use! :-) Are you going to a local hospital as well as MSKCC? Keeping you and your prince in my thoughts -

Emily Galbraith

Gladys said...

Your son's condition has had such an effect on me! Maybe it is because i have a granddaughter who is 3 and lost another 5 years ago.
Please know i'm doing my best to get NY people to donate blood/platelets.
Your complete family is in my heart continuously. I got people from other states/countries to pray for you.
Love to Liam,
Gladys Tysko, NJ

Renee Ginn said...

Gretchen -

As always, you are a pillar of strength that I can only one day hope to strive to be. I read the blog everyday to see how you all are. I have e-mailed everyone I know at Conde to have them spread the word about a donation for blood - hopefully someone will be a match and compelled to donate. Our nightly prayers go up to you all and we spend our days thinking good thoughts for you. You know if you need anything - I am here.

Much love..

Renee, Patrick and Tyler

Anonymous said...

Dear Larry and Gretchen,

I worked with your mother at Big Brothers Big Sisters and she is a dear friend. She has kindly kept me posted on your precious Liam's condition and gave me the website to be able to check as well. My heart and prayers are with you. We hope and pray with all our hearts for a successful recovery for Liam. I have my church and friends praying for him as well.

I just wanted you to know that many people are thinking about all of you during this most difficult time.

I lost two younger siblings to Cystic Fibrosis and I know how hard it is, but keep your spirits up and don't lose faith in miracles for each day is one.

God Bless,
Sherry Butler


Kristen Smith said...

Larry and Gretchen,
After reading the post today, I was reminded a lot of how Mark Dungan writes in his blog. His daughter, Sydney, was diagnosed with NB a few years ago and has been through many treatments and therapies. It might interest you to check out his blog about Neuroblastoma and all that he researches about it. If you haven't already seen his website, it's www.sydneydungan.com . If you click "Dad's Diary" you can read his updates, which he posts usually every morning.

I hope that Liam is feeling much better, and that you're family is adjusting well to living in the city. Liam is in my thoughts and prayers.

Greensboro, NC

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Karen said...

Just wanted to send my thoughts to the family of Liam. I am Sammie and Squeakers pet sitter (Sharon Holt's) and have been thinking of you all often. I know no words can comfort anyone but please know if there's anything I can do please let me know, I am here to help in any way I can.

Anonymous said...

Gretchen, Larry, Liam & Ella,
We just stopped by to check in on everyone and to see how Liam is doing. We want you to know that we think of you often and keep you in our prayers and best wishes. While we've never met in person, please feel free to let us know at any point if there's anything we can do to help in any way. Caroline asks about him just about every day and I know that his friends at First Step miss him a lot. Hugs for Liam and Ella too.

The Hornby Family
(Tracy, Robert, Caroline & Kate)

RICHIEC said...

Hi my name is Richie I was the firefighter that showed Liam around the firehouse the other day and just wanted you to know that I was so touched by his personality and with all he is going through to still be able to smile like that, you just know how strong he is and how much of a fighter he is I wish you guys all the best in the world and you are in my prayers everyday. Please dont be a stranger our door is always open to him.

Florence said...

Hi Gretchen and Larry,

I just want to thank you for sharing so much of what you are feeling and experiencing. It is an honor to be allowed such an intimate glimpse into your reality.
You are both amazing, so strong and powered by a gloriously fierce and true love. A friend with a child with CF once said to me "eventually it comes down to a choice: do you want to live in fear or live in love". And though one cannot help but wander over the border to fear from time to time, it s the love that gets you through in the long run. I'm glad you two have so much and I'm sending more your way.


Anonymous said...

I read about your sweet little Liam in the letter to the editor in cookie magazine. As a mom of 3 boys I can not fathom what you and your family must be enduring at this time.

I send my prayers and best wishes and hope to continue to read good about Liam prognosis.

Kirstin from Utah

kapnic said...

we are thinking of you all and sending you our love.

nicole kaplan
and jawn, alex and josh

kapnic said...

We are thinking of you all and sending you our love

nicole kaplan
and jawn, alex and josh

David Bonom said...

Liam, Gretchen, and Larry,

Just a quick hello to let you know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and asking others to do the same. You are in the hearts and minds of many who are wishing you all nothing but love, happiness, and strength. Keep fighting.

David Bonom

Anonymous said...

I am a mother of a two and a half year old girl,Emma. My heart aches as I read the story of your little boy,Liam. Liam, I want to to let you know how courageous and amazing I think you are. You are a beautiful boy who has been blessed with the most beautiful parents. It is with their love and strong will that you will surely overcome this disease. To Liam's parents, I am in awe of you both and my prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Brooklyn, New York

Marge Perry said...

I am here, thinking of you all throughout my every days. I think of your courage, your fierce determination, the power of your love for Liam, and your raw, beautiful writings.
I think, too, of sweet Liam and squeeze those thoughts as hard as I can, hoping to be one more force transforming wishes for his wellness to the FACT of it, like turning coal to diamonds.
XOX Marge

Ericka said...

My boyfriend and I will be donating platelets for Liam this Saturday. I received an e-mail about Liam from a co-worker at The Wall Street Journal and wanted to help. Our prayers are with Liam. :)

Micha said...

I have read all your entries and I have cried and smiled and I will continue to follow Prince Liam's and your journey. He is such a lovely boy!
I wish we were closer to NY to help...I will post a link to your blog on our site and my moms group website. You need all the help you can get and maybe a friend of a friend of a friend....is closer to you and able to help, donate blood and/or money as well.
We are sending LOADS of positive energy and strength your way and we will keep you in our thoughts!

Micha & Andy & Emma from Germany, living in Illinois

Liam's Grandma & Grandpa Bloomfield said...

Dear Witt family,

We are looking forward to our visit to New Jersey on April 27-May 5 to help give you the love and family support you are so deserving of. We are especially looking forward to spending some special time with Liam and Ella, our beautiful grandchildren. Since our visit in January 2007, so much has happened to change all of our lives, especially yours. While we are there, we hope to take some of the burden off of you and have some special family time together.

May we all as a family find peace in the words of Liam and Ella's the late Great Grandma Ann's favorite bible reading, the 23rd Psalm. She recited every night at bedtime as she had it memorized and even as Alzheimers robbed her mind of precious memories, people's names and faces, she never forgot the words to this beautiful Psalm.

See you soon,

Love Mom and Rich

Emmers said...

I'm glad that you were able to get back to the Garden State for some much deserved R&R! I hope for continued good counts, a smooth platelet transfusion and a successful surgery!! If you ever need some good ole platelets, please let me know. I'll be back in NJ for the summer starting in Mid June.

With Love and Peace-

Emily Galbraith

Aunt Jodie said...

Larry and Gretchen,
I wanted you to know that even though I am not there with you that you are all on my mind every minute. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts,emotions,and pain with us on the blog.I can keep updated on things without calling you and taking up your time that needs to be spent with our beautiful prince liam.I love you all and am so very proud of all of you.Your deep love,dedication, and strength for you family is so apparent to all who kmow you.I wish that I could be there through all of this.I am so happy to know that you have some outstanding support from your friends in NY.It sounds like they are amazing people. Thank you to them from the bottom of my heart.Please call me if you ever need to talk or want to talk. We love and miss you.Please give Liam and Ella my love.Bryce's class is working on a book for Liam and should be sending it soon.We love you all. Aunt Jodie,Uncle Mike, and Bryce. xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

I read about Liam in Cookie Magazine. My positive thoughts and prayers and with you each and everyday. I wish there was something I could do to help you. Please know that you are very special parents to a very special little boy and there are people out there who do not know you personally but think of and pray for Liam.

Emmers said...

Liam is so smart and I can only imagine the look on his face when the Firemen arrived at HIS BUILDING AND HIS APARTMENT to look through HIS WINDOWS at the watertower! What a treat! I hope things are well with all of you!

Scott & Cindy Goolsby said...

Hi all. Thank you, both Gretchen and Larry, for keeping us all informed. You are truly towers of strength, all of you. We think of you every day, and continue to remain positive that Liam will come through this and be healthy again. I find comfort in the fact that Liam loves the firefighters - because, of course, Scott IS a firefighter, and I happen to think they are some of the most thougthful, sweet and unselfish people I know - sounds like Liam has found some very special ones of his very own out there. And it's just amazing and truly a Godsend that you have a policemen next door who has such a similar - and POSITIVE - story! That's just so amazing.

I wish we were closer so that we could do more. Just please know that you are indeed in our thoughts and prayers always.

Cindy & Scott Goolsby

Anonymous said...

I thought I had unsubscribed to Cookie magazine, but for some reason after many months of not getting it, I received this month's edition - I think for a reason. My 5 year old daughter is being treated for leukemia. In some sick way I was thrilled to read about childhood cancer in one of the kiddie magazines. No one likes to talk about the realities of pediatric cancer - it's not glamorous and quite frankly, it is the most heartbreaking thing to see. I NEVER thought I would be the parent of a child who has cancer. I would get my stuff from St. Jude and just donate money praying that all those kids would survive. I am now in their shoes and nothing sucks more (actually I know what would suck more and I have witnessed it, but I try hard not to think about it). Perhaps the editor in chief of Cookie could do a big thing on kids cancers for her September issue which is pediatric cancer awareness month (oh, by the way, I have heard that the Leukemia Lymphoma Society has tried to get Oprah to do something and she has said no)
Anyway, our site is catherinealexandravogt.blogspot.com

Wishing your adorable son all the best during his treatment. Just know that kids are SO RESILIENT and that you will get your strength from him.

mookilatte said...

hi gretchen and larry,
our little boy toby was just diagnosed with NB stage IV. we have been at MSKCC since monday. we would like to meet you if possible. you can find out more about toby at
and you can contact me directly on my cel phone 917.359.2989

Rana said...

I read about your family's battle in Cookie. Though I am a stranger across the continent, in another country, please know that as a mother of 3 I am your kin. Know that our thoughts and prayers come to you and your family all the way from Alberta, Canada. I give blood regularly because, as an O- I am very popular at the blood bank...and I know in my heart it helps little ones just like Liam. Thank you for putting a face to the need, I know it will encourage others. God Bless you and yours. As Sir Winston Churchill said, "If you are going through hell....keep going."

Chantell said...

Your family's battle was highlighted in the letter from the editor in Cookie and I felt compelled to write and let you know that my thoughts and prayers come to you across a continent, from Alberta, CANADA. I am a stranger, but as a mom of three, I am your kin. I have always been very popular at the blood bank, being an O-, and I think of little ones like Liam every time I donate. God bless and as Sir Winston Churchill said "If you're going through hell....keep going."

M Galletta said...

I'm very excited for you about the CT and all those stem cells! Go Liam!
FYI: On occasion I was able to give Alina her G shot while she was asleep... once even put in an insuflon myself without waking her up!(With Emla)

Michele said...

I've never met you but read about your blog in Pilar's column... and have since been keeping myself updated on your plight. I think about what you are going through a lot and wish you all well. I have O negative blood and donated to Liam this past friday in case he needs it for the operation. I read in your post that you wish you knew who all the people you don't know that have donated so you could thank them. Please don't concern yourself with thanking us. It's the least we can do to help you win this battle.

Anonymous said...

Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
(Joshua 1:9)

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry, your ordeal tomorrow brings back memories of my sitting in the special waiting room for scary surgeries while my husband was having open heart surgery two years ago. I was with him in pre-op and after the anesthesiologist gave Pat his first dose, he smiled at me and said, "I wish I could give YOU something," and boy, I wish he could have too! Because that surgery day is another of the many alternate universes you are living in, as is going to see someone you love in the post op ICU. I hope your surgeon is as kind as Pat's was - he said, "he's fine" as soon as our eyes met when he came to see me after surgery; he didn't have me endure one second extra of strain. And I warn you, though most of Pat's nurses were great, I learned the hard way that some nurses choose post op care intensive because they like their patients unconcious - technical skills are their specialities, not people skills. I was grateful for their technical expertise, but they weren't the best communicators.

The only way out is through, and I will hold you dear to my heart as you get through tomorrow.

Judy Parr

Sherry said...

Larry and Grecthen,

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tommorow as Liam begins his surgery. Our best to all of you as you deal with this stressful situation. We are thinking good thoughts for Liam.
Love, Sherry & Greg

Michelle said...

I came to find your blog after seeing the small mention in cookie magazine last week. The way you have shared your ordeal on this blog is nothing short of amazing. Reading what you have written makes it so painfully obvious that this could happen to any moms and dads. Living a happy, normal life that is suddenly turned upside down with news like this.
I got involved with a local cancer organization soon after my second was born because I just felt drawn to it. Looking back, I realize that it was a story about Alex Scott on Oprah that made me really aware of pediatric cancer.
Your posts on April 16th and May 1st said so clearly what I have often thought about over the past few years. Why does pediatric cancer not get the "press" that something like breast cancer gets, is it going to take a celebrities child getting cancer to change that ,and why can't all wonderful grass roots organizations come together to help build more awareness and raise funds? I know, not easy questions, but I have no doubt that it is parents like you who will have the determination to make things happen.
I will be thiking abut your family on Wednesday.

Michelle - michelle@santacruzmoms.com

amber said...

Larry and Gretchen,
All my thoughts and prayers are with you and Liam tonight...as the events of tomorrow weigh heavily on your mind. So many people are praying, wishing, hoping, and yearning for Liams safe recovery. You all will be in my heart through this very very difficult time. Love you.

sheila said...

We will be thinking of all of you tomorrow with many prayers and lots of thoughts of trucks, frogs, fish, cars and doggies for Liam. Love, Sheila Conor Shay

John said...

Larry and Gretchen,

Our entire family's thoughts and prayers have been with you and Liam ever since we heard the news and tonight/tomorrow they will be more so than ever.

Continue to be strong. Your entire family will continue to be in our hearts as you face this trying time.


John Kindig

Marge said...

You are not alone today. An army of us stand behind you in love and prayer and fervently held hope for the very best outcome.


Emily said...

Thinking of Liam and you today especially. Thanks for sharing all the details of this journey on your blog. It keeps the energy and prayers fresh for Liam. Your post last week about the reduced size of the tumor and the HUGE stem cell count was an amazing ray of hope. We will be thinking of you all day and looking forward to an update.

Emily in NC
(friend of Julie Y)

Cindy & Scott Goolsby said...

Thank you so much for the detailed and continuous updates. You're all in my/our thoughts today as Liam goes through his surgery, we'll send our positive energy and prayers your way. Thanks also for the udpated pictures!! I think there are a few in there of little Ella - :) Liam sure is a strong little guy, and he'll make it through this! I'm so glad that Judy and Rich are there for you this week and were there for you last weekend. I'm sure they know how much you appreciate them. They just want to be there to help in any way they can. Hugs and prayers coming your way from Iowa. Scott & Cindy Goolsby

Anonymous said...


As you and your family face today, please know there is much love and many prayers surrounding you and Prince Liam. You are all so brave, I wish you all the best on this difficult day. You are always so welcoming and wonderful in your work with OXO, your family is very lucky to have you! Much, much love to Liam and your family.

Love, Lauren

Anonymous said...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Our prayers that God will be with Liam during the surgery, that everything will go perfectly, and Liam will be completley healed.

Anonymous said...

Liam, Gretchen, and Larry,

Just thinking good, loving thoughts for you all.

David Bonom

lisa said...

You don't know me, but I heard about your site through Cookie magazine. I just wanted to let you know that I prayed a rosary for Liam today, and I will pray another on the day that his surgery actually happens. God bless you.
Lisa Kallenbach

Carolyn Sabol said...

To Liam, Gretchen and Larry,

I am thinking about you and praying for all of you. The pictures of your beautiful son touched my heart.

Carolyn Sabol
(cousin of Jill Leary)

John/Wendyll said...

Our thoughts and prayers will be with Liam tomorrow.
John and Wendyll

"Cowboy" Barry said...

Hi guys. You've just been heavy on my mind lately and I thought I would check in. I felt bad that I had to leave you on your own Sunday as I rushed off to finish my chores - it just seemed to stick with me all week - as if anything could be more important.

I was hoping for great news about the surgery and see it's been moved to tomorrow. Jill and I fell asleep talking about you guys the other night. I'm sure we'll do the same tonight as we weave you into our bedtime prayers with Rachel and Zachary. Just wanted you to know we're with you.

It was really nice to see Liam and Ella this past weekend. You are all always welcome and you can just stop in - don't wait for an invite. I'll leave the fishing tackle out in the little white house by the pond - use it whenever you want - the key is behind the shutter by the door.

Liam - thanks for touching my heart.

Anonymous said...

We just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and praying for all of you, especially tomorrow for the surgery.
Janna, Kevin and Ella Jackson

Anonymous said...

Hi there. I came across Liam's blog through Cookie magazine. What an amazing little boy he is. I pray that he will be healed soon. God Bless

Anonymous said...

we will be keeping you close to our hearts tomorrow.
nicole,jawn, josh and alex

sheila said...

I LOVED the story about the hanger! Ah...to be so thrilled with a hanger is both adorable and hilarious!

My thoughts and prayers tonight and tomorrow will be all about the three of you.


Anonymous said...

We are praying for the surgery to go perfectly and for God to be there with Liam. I know He is.

Renee Ginn said...

I know you are both glad and not glad that this day is finally here. The waiting has to have been incredibly difficult for you both. Last Christmas, Tyler had sugery and I remember every minute of watching him take the sedative -till they walked through the doors to tell me I could see him- the wait was the hardest part. We will be thinking of you both so much today as you wait for this time to be over and the next hurdle to begin. From across the ocean we send our thoughts of frogs and butterflys..and of course our support and love for Mom and Dad.

Grandma Judy, Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Rich said...

What is there for a grandparent to say when their beautiful, most precious gift from God a 3 year old grandson is going through a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor? A tumor that he cannot yet even pronounce or know what it means and should not have to know at this young tender age. The rare beauty of this child is that he cares for others and captures everyone's heart that comes in contact with him. I speak for all of Liam's grandparents and great-grandparents when I say that this is so very, very heart-wrenching, gut wrenching and agonizing to watch your own grown children go through this with their child. There are no words to describe their anguish and ours as we wait on this most difficult day of our lives and theirs, while we entrust the life of this beautiful little boy, our grandson Prince Liam to a very talented surgeon, whom most of us have never met.

Thank you to all who have made this ordeal a labor of love, your outpouring of love and caring to our children, Larry and Gretchen. Thank you to those who have perhaps done something or given something and have wished to remain anonymous. Believe me it has not gone unappreciated.

Tomorrow, Grandpa Rich and I will return to Michigan after doing what we could to help out. The biggest reason for our trip was to spend 2 precious days with our grandchildren and to gaze upon and touch our Prince Liam the Brave and cheer him on to victory. May God bless all of you for being there for our children in this most difficult time. May you continue to hold them up in prayer, thoughts and deeds as they face the days ahead.

Sincerely and with great appreciation,

Judy and Rich Bloomfield (Larry's parents) and Sharon Holt (Gretchen's Mom)

Emmers said...

GOOD LUCK LIAM!! I know that you'll do great and they'll fix up all your blood ;-) !!

Jodie,Mike and Bryce said...

We are thinking about you all and are sending love, prayers, and positive thoughts your way.Liam is so strong and so full of life just like his wonderful parents.You are so right when you said that his angel, great-grandma Ann is right there with him.She is softly scratching or tickling his arms like she always did with me.She has been there with him through all of this. I am sure that she is watching over things and making sure that he is receiving only the best of care.
I am so happy to know that your wonderful friends are there to help you through.You have the most spectacular support system from people all over the United States.Liam has captured the hearts of so many people because he is such a special little boy.We love him so much. He will be playing with frogs, cars, and chasing butterflies soon. Love Aunt Jodie, Uncle Mike, and cousin Bryce. xoxoxoxo,

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Anonymous said...

Dear Gretchen, Larry, Liam and Ella,
Your recent writings about your grandmother and the butterfly lay close to our hearts. Our grandmothers have also passed, and we truely believe that they have watched over us and blessed us with our two incredible children.
Our daughters Lily (2) and Maggie (9m) attend First Step with Liam. We just wanted to tell you we are following your postings daily and our family is praying for yours and a quick recovery for Liam.
We do not pretend to understand what you are going through, however, we do admire your courage and your strength. Our thoughts are with you every moment and look forward to our kids playing together in the fall.
The Rudeau Family,
John, Melanie, Lily and Maggie

sam said...

Liam is in my prayers every. single. day. he has more support on his side than you even know...your strength is only surpassed by the strength of liam himself-- he is a prince. stay strong and know that love and prayer and good will is on your side every step you take.

John said...

Larry and Gretchen,

We are so glad to hear that the surgery was a success.

Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family as Liam begins the next step to a full recovery.

Love always,

John, Kris, Lauren and Travis

Barb Mitelski said...

Larry & Gretchen,
I have been reading your blog every day. I have been praying for dear Liam and your family ever since you told me how ill Liam was. I am glad for all of you that the surgery is over. Hopefully Liam's road to recovery will be a smooth road from now on. I had a nice chat with your mom when I picked up the insurance paperwork, Larry. A very sweet concerned mom/grandma. I left a little gift for your "Prince & Princess" with your mom. Remember, if I can do anything here on the homefront for you, just let me know. I am only down the road a piece. I can get groceries to you, medication, whatever you need.
Neverending thoughts and prayers,
Barb, (your insurance person)

Biker said...

Larry, Gretchen, Liam and Ella,

My dad and Jodie have been keeping me up to date on everything that has been going on with all of you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I am so very happy to hear that the surgery went well, and I hope you all can start recovering a little bit now. Thank you for taking the time to post updates on your blog. Miss you all and thinking of you always.


Emily said...

Hooray for no tumor! Thanks for all the updates! The prayers and well wishes will continue for the boy who loves his paci!

emily in nc

Amber said...

Yay! I am soooo happy to hear that the surgery was a success, and Liam is starting his recovery off to a wonderful start! I am sooo happy! I continuously think of Liam and check the blog several times a day for updates. Thank you so much for the updates. Love you all, Amber

Anonymous said...

From a Peds Heme/Onc RN in at UW Children's Hospital in Madison, WI. You go, LIAM!!! I've given medicine to many kiddos with your diagnosis, I've watched them graduate high school and get married. Just make sure you give those RNs a run for their money, they love it! Nothing says healthy kid like some good old naughtiness. Good luck to you as you move into the next phase of treatment!

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but as a mom with a baby boy who has had his own medical struggles, I had to write. I'm so relieved that Liam's surgery was a success and I look forward to reading about his recovery in the future.
With Mother's Day approaching, I will keep you in my thoughts as I have kept Liam in my thoughts since I first found this blog. As I celebrate my son's first birthday on May 12th, I will be sure to celebrate Liam's birthday as well by spreading the word about his fight and asking everyone I know to come to this page and do what they can.
Finally, I wish for your son the very same thing that I wish for my own: May Liam have a long, happy, healthy life and may all of his dreams come true one at a time.

--Just a NYC mom

Anonymous said...

Be confident in this: He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you." (Philippians 1:6)

Praise God for a successful surgery. We will keep praying that God will completely heal Liam.

Stay strong and keeping looking up!

TAG said...

Our kids share a birth month, a passion for cheese puffs and Curious George. They would be fast friends. My little community is cheering you on.

Micha said...

Well done, Liam!!!! You are a strong little boy.
Still keeping you all in our thoughts.
Micha & Andy & Emma

Bahooba! said...

To any of those thinking about donating platelets I'd like to say it was easy peasy. I went yesterday morning and the staff at the MSKCC couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. It took just a bit over 2 hours for me and I ended up chatting with my uber friendly nurse for most of it. I do have to say that I did feel quite drowsy for the rest of the day. Good luck Liam and the rest of the Witt family!
- Barbara Huber

Hannah Kluger said...


I have been following Liam's story since you sent out the first e-mail. As a mother of an 18 month old my heart immediatly sank. I can't even begin to know what you all are going through but want you to know that you are all in my thoughts daily. I was thrilled when I opened this months issue of Cookie Magazine and saw the letter from the editor was all about Liam. It sounds like you have an amazing support group and an incredible amount of people that love you and your family. I will continue to do all I can to help Liam get well.

All my best,
Hannah Kluger
Union Square Hospitality Group

Anonymous said...

I am not lucky enough to know little Liam but I am sending him all of the good vibes I can find. I am donating platelets next week and would love to help in any other way that I can.

I work at USHG and your blog was sent to me by my friend and colleague, Hannah Kluger. I have since passed this along to other friends and family. We are all in your corner.

Love, light and smiles for Liam...

Kerry Sullivan

Anonymous said...

"Hold fast to Christ and He will give
The will to see you through;
And if you keep on keeping on,
Your strength He will renew."
—D. De Haan

Bahooba! said...
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Anonymous said...

God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26

Happy Birthday, Liam!

Happy Mother's Day, Gretchen!

mookilatte said...

happy birthday liam! we were so happy to meet you and your parents last week at the hospital. one of these days you and toby can play trains together. much love, mooki+stephen+toby

John said...

Happy Birthday Liam!!!
Happy Mothers Day Gretchen

Lots of love

John and Kris

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Liam! Happy Mother's day, Gretchen!

Sheila, Conor, Shay

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Liam and Happy Mother's Day Gretchen. We're thinking about you today and always.

Stephanie, Elias and Katerina Karlis :)

Darlene Jones said...

love and prayers from my family to you and yours
I am Jennifer Jones's mother-in-law
.. she told me of Liam and how my son went to donate blood for your son .. Liam is in my heart
God bless you all

Anonymous said...

I read about Liam on Cookie Magazine and just wanted to let you know he will be in our daily prayers. God bless your little prince!

The Vargas Family

Anonymous said...

“The weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)

God’s strength is accompanied by His supernatural peace, and that should be an encouraging truth for you as you face whatever today holds! And even when you go through difficulties, He’ll give you a supernatural peace right in the midst of those problems.

Continually praying for God's strength to sustain your family and for His supernatural peace to carry you through.

Aunt Jodie said...

I was so excited for Liam when I read the note about the fire station.I am sure that Liam loves to visit his wonderful friends at the fire station.I could just see him in the coat, pants, and helmet.That would be a prize winning picture.I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of Liam and the two of you as parents.I could only hope that I would have your strength if I was faced with the same situation. I love you all and hope to see you soon. I think that a trip to Disney World would be a fantastic idea for Liam and Ella when Liam is able to go.Hugs and kisses to Liam and Ella.Love Jodie.

Anonymous said...

“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

God’s hope is such a powerful thing that it can keep you going when practically nothing else can. That’s because God’s hope will never fail or let you down, even if everything else does.

Anonymous said...

"...Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." Psalm 50:15

CL said...

Hi - I had received an email from a friend of your family's regarding donating blood and I have been reading your blog about Liam ever since. I can't imagine how difficult this must be to go through, but I pray for Liam and your family, and I hope that sunnier days are ahead. I have also been treated at Sloan Kettering and I can assure you that Liam is in the best hands. There is no place else I would ever think of going. The doctors and technology and advanced research is outstanding and inspiring. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish you many easy, carefree days of nothing but Liam's happy giggles and pure delight at all that he sees. Many blessings, CL

Michelle said...

I just wanted to write a comment to say hang in there! I was diagnosed with a rare cancer too at at 17 (i am now 26) I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma of the Ureter and am in a medical journal because I am the first person to have Ewing's there. Things felt hopeless alot of the time especially when I became neutropenic and had so many infections I had to be put in isolation. Also, the docs told me I would never be able to have a child...well I did in March, a healthy baby girl... My prognosis was grim, but I am here cancer free with a baby! I went to Sloan too. Is Dr. Meyers still there? My surgeon was Dr. Laquaglia and he was an angel! I wish the best for your family and all of you will be in my thoughts!

Michelle Ciccia

Amie S. said...

Gretchen, Larry, and sweet Liam,
Although you don't know me, I figured I'd sign anyways to show my support. I actually found your blog after reading "Cookie" magazine and the editor's letter mentioned your sweet baby boy. I checked out the blog and your sweet boy touched my heart with his bravery. Please know that your family is in my daily prayers. We have a blood drive coming up at the hospital I work at, and I am going to go and donate in honor of Liam. Signing off with a prayer that your sweet, handsome prince will kick cancer's butt!

Anonymous said...

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

Anonymous said...

Gretchen and Larry...I just wanted to let you know that Liam and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. We read your blog daily to keep up with Liam's progress. Please know we're thinking of you.

Chris Collins and family

Anonymous said...

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27

Praying that you will feel peace beyond understanding amist this storm you are enduring. Praying that you will feel calmness and security that can only come from God despite the circumstances going on around you. Praying for Liam's complete healing and that you will receive "signs" that his precious personality is still there and will return completely. Also, that God will use your experiences to help others going through similar trials (which is already happening!)He has big plans for Liam!

God bless you all!

Emmers said...

PRINCE LIAM YOU ARE SO BRAVE! You make me smile, even when you're equally brave parents report that you aren't feeling so well. I know that you'll be feeling better soon and be back to your active and playful self. I am happy that you got to go back home to NJ and see your house. I was in NYC the other day and wished that I wasn't sick so that I could donate in your name, but maybe next time. Lots of love!

Anonymous said...

Many prayers coming your way from Louisville, KY. I read about your little prince in Cookie magazine and have been checking your blog every week.
I hope that you can feel all the prayers coming your way from across the US.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you from personal experience that he won't remember most of what he's going through. I was 4, turned 5 in the hospital, when I was burned - spent 9 weeks in the hospital recovering. My mother (who was there every single day) remembers way more about my pain than I do. All I remember are certain smells, etc. I remember nothing about the pain that was involved, and I know there were certain parts there were intense with pain. I would have to agree that Liam will have little retention of his pain - he might have memories of the nice people - when I was that little, I remembered the nice nurses, the doctor, the play room, a few of my "roommates", the games I played with them, a doll I had, my brothers coming to visit, etc. But I do not remember pain - only a tube put down my nose/throat when I first got there that made me gag. :) That's it. This will be something that you as parents will likely never forget, but Liam will quite possibly have no bad memories of the pain he endured.

Stay strong, and know that you are indeed doing what needs to be done for Liam. And he's doing so well, he's such a trooper - he's very strong-willed and sure sounds like he's just such a good boy.

Scott & Cindy Goolsby said...

Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on Liam. It sure sounds like he has some real friends at his fire station.

Stay strong!! We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Because of your faith it will happen.” (Matthew 9:29)

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

Set your mind for victory. When you live each day with an attitude of hopeful expectancy, you can actually see good things begin to happen. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” In other words, you will have what your faith expects!

It is very impressive to read your blog and see how your experience has caused you to cherish all of life's wonderful experiences, which most of us tend to take for granted. It is a reminder to us enjoy every moment and not take things for granted. Thanks for sharing your experience, you may not realize it, but you are helping others more than you think they are helping you!

Praying for a “wow – there’s nothing left” report!

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