Rachel McGonigle spent St. Patrick’s Day in a hospital room, watching her 12-year-old son, Sam, undergo his final round of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
It should’ve been a day for cautious celebration. But McGonigle’s daughter Aislin, then 5, was across the room, receiving her first round of chemo to fight the same disease.
“I never want to go back to that day,” McGonigle said, sitting in a lawn chair at Karakung Swim Club.
Shivering, Aislin walked over from the pool, her blue two-piece dripping wet. Her hair, once long and dark, was starting to grow back in pixie-cut style. Mom found it adorable, but before Aislin walked to the snack bar, she requested her multicolor baseball hat.
A few feet…