Georgia was literally an “angel” from the moment she entered this world.
She was a child with an enormous heart of gold and a gentle spirit. She was a girly girl that enjoyed playing dress up, singing and dancing, playing with American Girl Dolls, loving on any sweet baby she could get her hands on, weekends at the cabin, and spending time on the water with her family!
Just after her sixth birthday, Georgia was diagnosed with high risk ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on May 30, 2014. Once she was diagnosed, she charged forward with the bravest attitude that amazed everyone! Our community surrounded our family with tremendous love, support and prayers during her time of treatment. The first 9 months of treatment were nothing short of difficult, but once she entered the Maintenance phase, life seemed to get much easier for all of us. She only had to have outpatient chemo once a month, and take oral chemo at home daily. At this point, the only reason for admissions was if she developed fevers.
November 10, 2015 Georgia developed an unexplainable fever, which kept her hospitalized while every test under the sun was negative. After some time, her oncologist suspected HLH Syndrome. She was admitted to the PICU and put on life support. The diagnosis for HLH is challenging, and time is of the essence when you are dealing with this life threatening syndrome. Georgia in fact, did have a very aggressive HLH Syndrome which is extremely rare. On December 10, 2015 Georgia earned her Angel wings and was forever healed. After a genetic test, it was determined the HLH was secondary, meaning she contracted it due to her suppressed immune system while undergoing therapy for Leukemia.
Georgia’s memory is something I am determined to honor for the rest of my life. Her story has reached beyond our community, to other states, and even across the world. In doing so, I have created a handmade jewelry line which has also been my therapy. 10% of the proceeds go directly to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Anchor Beads derived its name from our favorite bible verse. You can shop from the website at: www.anchorbeads.com
Team Georgia Forever!!
Donations given to Team Georgia go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund lifesaving childhood cancer research around the world. The Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of leading experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.
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