Faith R. had successfully completed 27 months of chemotherapy, graduated from High School and was a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago, studying to be a pediatric oncology nurse, where she was loving the life of a college coed and enjoying being a "city girl". She was enjoying her classes, had met lots of new friends and wasted no time in getting involved in many campus activities, including being elected to the Nursing Student Council, when it was discovered during a routine spinal tap on October 10th, 2011, scheduled to be her final one, that she had relapsed. One week later, she began an intensive regimen of chemotherapy. Two subsequent bone marrows have shown no sign of the disease and she is currently in remission but she will continue to receive high doses of chemo over the next year.
Although the chemo has been very difficult and has required multiple hospitalizations, including 20 nights in the hospital in January, many of those in the PICU, battling pneumonia as a complication of her treatments, she continues to fight and is determined to beat this disease. She is looking forward to feeling better and hoping to return to school and resume her studies.