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Honored Kid Diya A. Age 11

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Location
Waxhaw, NC, US
Diagnosis
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Date of Diagnosis
October 2009
Status
Cancer free
Treated At
Levine Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center

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Diya is a vibrant 10 year old who is in the 5th grade. She is enjoying school and learning more and more every day. She is a sweet & sassy girl who loves playing outside & going to the beach. Her passions are playing soccer and taking Tae Kwon Do. She hopes to follow in her brother's foot steps in achieving a black belt. She also enjoys playing Star Wars & Legos with her 2 brothers. Her favorite foods include steak, hamburgers & pizza.

Diya was diagnosed in 2009 at age 3 with AML, and endured 3 rounds of chemotherapy. Her older brother, Jai, 5 at the time, was a 100% match to be her bone marrow donor. She had a bone marrow transplant on February 4, 2010, and is in complete remission. Her strong will, determination, strength, and courage gave us, her parents, the courage to fight this with her every day.

On December 20, 2009, I asked her if I could shave her head, since it had fallen out in patches. She and I made a big deal about it, saying it was going to be a "new haircut." She agreed and I did it. It was cleansing in a sense for us, but she amazed me that day with her strength and excitement! We felt if she could do this, so could we. She sailed through the treatments with a smile. She was NOT going to let this thing beat her, she was going to beat it!

Here we are 7 years later after her transplant, and she is doing GREAT! She still has no signs of leukemia and all her cells are 100% donor cells!!!

Without Jai donating his marrow to his sister we would not have been able to see her grow into a beautiful, independent, sassy little girl! It's because of him, her great team of doctors and foundations like St. Baldrick's that she is happy & healthy today!
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