Honored Kid

Isla D.

Age 5
Isla D. Kid Photo


Orland Park, IL, US



Date of Diagnosis

May 2022


In treatment

Treated At

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital Advocate Children’s Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Isla is a 3-year-old, sassy little thing (I swear this is what will get her through this). On May 20, 2022, our lives were turned upside down and inside out when her pediatrician sent us for a head CT of her sinus. What we thought were allergies, we now thought was an abscess. My whole world came crashing down around me in a tiny ER room, when she was quickly diagnosed with stage 4/group 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. Her cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes and lungs and within a week of diagnosis her eye became affected by the tumor as well, causing permanent loss of vision in her left eye. Due to the eye being affected she needed to start chemo and radiation urgently, which unfortunately wasn’t enough to save her sight. She has completed 33 radiation treatments, the absolute most her little body is allowed, and will complete 42 weeks of chemo over a years’ time.     Throughout this journey, Isla has remained strong and silly. Her resilience is unmatched, and her mom is completely in awe of her every minute. She is so kind, and compassionate, she worries about others more than she complains or cries or feels sorry for herself. She is so small, but her family looks up to her so much. She's a true superhero, in a pint-sized body.

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