Friday, April 8, 2022

New Tumor in 3-Year Scan

This is a tough thing to post: Caroline's MIBG scan from Thursday showed a tumor near a lymph node in her neck that indicates her Neuroblastoma has relapsed. We don’t know much more than this, and are working with Caroline’s oncology team to coordinate next steps, using ALL known resources and treatments available anywhere to get the best possible outcome for Caroline. We will fight, again.

We have multiple appointments scheduled for next week to get more clarity on the situation and won't have any updates until the end of next week.  In the meantime, we are both home with the kids and plan on having a "normal," fun weekend with our usual activities.  We are completely shocked, devastated and overwhelmed with our own questions for the medical team.  Once we have more information, we will post on this blog ASAP.  Until we know more, please keep our amazingly strong daughter in your prayers and please spread the word...the more prayers the better.

Thank you in advance to the entire care team at Vanderbilt and Beat Childhood Cancer for how much we are about to lean on them for answers/options.

Friends/Family/Co-workers/Community: Thanks in advance for your patience with replies to any texts or emails...we have a lot to process in the coming days. We greatly appreciate all your compassion, help, love and support…we are going to need it!

Mark and Margaret



PS - we've already had quite a few requests on how people can help in the meantime:

Donate via GoFundMe

UberEats Gift Cards (sent to


  1. Praying for ALL of you! The news is tough but God is tougher!!

  2. Prayers for Caroline and all her family. We are all with you. May God give you strength and courage as you face these new challenges.

  3. I will be praying for sweet Caroline and your family. I miss seeing her beautiful face and your sweet family since leaving Harpeth Peds in the Fall. She is one of the toughest young girls I have ever met and she is surrounded by 2 great parents and sweet brother. I will also pray for the entire Vandy team as they provide answers and a plan to you in the coming weeks. -Julie

  4. All of the Longs are praying for your precious Caroline. She is the cutest, sweetest, toughest girl we all know. She WILL beat this and we will be praying with you the entire way. Love, Kristin Long

  5. Oh course the Creech’s are upset to learn this, but we are praying hard!

  6. Coach Will, Hadley, and all are family are praying for you Caroline starting now! -Melissa

  7. Hi Lantz family, praying for you! Looked at the Uber link. It shows good for use only in Canada. Is that what you want?

  8. Disregard. Toggle for USA.