Pediatric Cancer: Military Families Search for Answers

On Jan. 7th of this year, Amanda Whatley showed the world what childhood cancer looks like in a military family.

“My name is Amanda Whatley, and my husband is a United States Marine. From July 2007 through November 2010, we lived in the Laurel Bay Housing Community while he was a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C.

Our daughter Katie has cancer…and actually, there are eight children who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last few years that also lived in the Laurel Bay Housing Community.”

Amanda, who received her daughter’s cancer diagnosis in January 2015, goes on to explain that the purpose of the video was to tell Katie’s story with the hope that it would be shared with other military families that had been stationed in the area.

Since this video hit the web, an additional five families have come forward with a connection, bringing the total to 13 and counting.