Hailey, 4 years old, is in remission!
Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in March 2011. She had just turned one year old. Following her diagnosis she had a port put in her chest and began receiving chemotherapy. Hailey responded well to the treatment and by April 8, 2011 she was considered in remission. However, she continued to get treatment for the next 2.5 years. This treatment included weekly trips to the hospital for maintenance chemotherapy and strong antibiotics which caused her to lose her hair. Hailey celebrated her 4th Birthday in February 2014 and no longer receives chemo. Her hair has grown back and she is quoted as telling mom and dad "she wants to let it grow as long as Rapunzel." Hailey goes to preschool. She loves her older brother (Dalton), her dogs (U2 and Izzy), playing art and crafts, watching Barbie movies, and the colors pink and purple.
Cooper, Age 8
On July 31, 2013, at 7 years old, Cooper was diagnosed with Pre B Cell ALL. He is currently in remission and in the Delayed Intensification Phase of treatment. Cooper has had X Rays, CT's, MRI's, bone marrow biopsies and several spinal taps. From August to October he had to wear a neck and back brace to immobilize his spine because the leukemia had done so much damage.Cooper still receives extra medicine every month that goes through his port to help strengthen his bones. He is thrilled to be out of the brace and able to ride his bicycle and play a lot more. There are good days and bad days, but Cooper and his family know that the treatments will cure his cancer. "I still have a few years of treatments and procedures left, but I WILL beat cancer! I know that all the researchers with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will find a cure soon," says Cooper. He is enjoying playing with his sister, Tatum, and swimming this summer.
Teecumpsy, Age 9
Sore throat, headaches, labored breathing during her sleep along with many other symptoms caused concern for Teecumpsy's parents. After several visits to the doctor, Teecumpsy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on July 17, 2013 at age 9.
When she arrived at the hospital her white blood cell count was 135,000, which is extremely high. Teecumpsy didn't initially understand her diagnosis. She was so weak and sick it wasn't until she was out of ICU and noticing her hair falling out that she began showing sadness.
Teecumpsy immediately started chemotherapy, but a bone marrow transplant was inevitable. Treatment was hard due to the chemo, daily medications and having a transplant. She is home from the hospital and doing well. Regular visits to the doctor are required.
This summer, Teecumpsy is enjoying singing, dancing, making lip gloss and being with her family and friends.