Aurora was just 2 months old when she was diagnosed with intermediate-risk neuroblastoma. She underwent four cycles of chemotherapy, four blood transfusions, a platelet transfusion, two surgeries, and countless scans and tests. Treatment was difficult for Aurora and her family, but Aurora was amazing! Throughout her treatment, she remained happy and content most of the time. When Aurora was six months old, the oncologists determined that she was cancer free! Aurora is now a thriving almost-4-year-old. She loves preschool, riding her bike, roller-coasters and trying new and exciting things!
Her battle with cancer helped inspire the founding of the UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative, which is where her mom, Katrina, works and which recently received a $2.5 million childhood cancer research grant from St. Baldrick's!
We are constantly reminded that Aurora is one of the lucky ones! Many children's cancer's are eventually fatal. Every day, seven children die from childhood cancer. And, most kids that survive have lasting side-effects from their treatment, such as hearing loss, heart damage, infertility, and secondary cancers. Please donate money so St. Baldrick's can fund more childhood cancer research like the amazing work being done at Treehouse!