In June 2008, Mollie was a vibrant 4-year-old. She was enjoying being a big sister, getting ready to start pre-kindergarten, and looking forward to our summer trip to California. When she came down with a fever, we thought it was a typical childhood illness, but a visit to the pediatrician was anything but typical. The doctor sent Mollie immediately to the pediatric ER at Children's Medical Center. Shorty thereafter, Mollie was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia. Scared and shocked, it felt as if our lives stopped. And then started again.
Mollie began a 2.5 year chemotherapy protocol two days after her diagnosis. At 5 years old, she has endured many more surgeries, drugs, and hospitalizations than most people will have in their entire lives. And she's still smiling.
When she grows up, she wants to be a child life specialist so she can help other kids in the hospital feel better and not be scared. She used to practice on her dolls, most of whom also had leukemia.
Mollie is now off-treatment and is a healthy, active teenager, thanks to great doctors and treatments.