Alaina’s Family of Healing



On March 13, 2013, Richard and Estee Nenows’ lives came to an abrupt halt when their 6-month-old daughter, Alaina, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Alaina’s diagnosis was confirmed after detection of a large abdominal tumor that had metastasized throughout her body.

Within hours, the Nenows arrived at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center where doctors and nurses were waiting to explain Alaina’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Immediately, they became part of the Sanford Health family, whose ultimate goal was to heal their daughter.

“We feel so blessed to have a facility so close to home that was able to provide the same treatment options as any facility in the country,” Estee Nenow said. “The specially-trained doctors, nurses and staff at Sanford Children’s Hospital and the Roger Maris Cancer Center were accommodating to our family’s needs, provided much needed distraction for Alaina during long stays and treatments, and kept their focus on healing our daughter. They will always be our unsung heroes and extended family.”

Alaina surprised everyone with her resilience – she fought cancer with a smile on her face. On Aug. 21, 2013, Alaina’s scans showed no signs of cancer, just in time for her to celebrate her first birthday in September!

Gifts to a Sanford Health Foundation fund provide the necessary programs, services and resources so children like Alaina can celebrate for years to come! To learn more, visit foundation.sanfordhealth.org or call (701) 234-6246.

Posted Date: November 2013

Alaina’s Family of Healing

On March 13, 2013, Richard and Estee Nenows’ lives came to an abrupt halt when their 6-month-old daughter, Alaina, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.