Kabrina attended Rancho Viejo Montessori School from Pre-K through 8th grade. People think she was outgoing and thoughtful. She liked listening to music (alternative and classic rock), singing, acting, swimming, and reading. She was actively involved in Saddleback Church and Girl Scouts.
Kabrina was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in April 2008. She endured 8 1/2 months of treatment, which included 14 cycles of in-patient chemotherapy and a surgery to remove the tumor. Because of this difficult and lonely time in her life, one of her favorite Bible verses became “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
When she was first diagnosed with cancer, she was in the process of growing out her hair to donate it to Locks of Love. She quickly realized that she would be losing her hair and now she was the one in need of it. Fortunately, she had grown enough hair for her own partial wig to be made. She was self-conscious about the loss of her hair, but took control of the situation by deciding when and who could see her bare head.
In November 2011, just weeks shy of celebrating her 15th Birthday and 3 years of her being cancer-free, we were told devastating news again. Kabrina was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). A chemotherapy drug that was used to treat the Ewing’s Sarcoma caused this secondary cancer. This meant more chemo, painful tests and procedures, months of hospitalization, isolation and loneliness, two more times of hair loss, and despite receiving a bone marrow transplant the AML could not be conquered.
We are thankful to all the volunteers, donors, and participants who help make the St. Baldrick’s events happen. More funds are needed to find a cure for pediatric cancers. We pray that one day a cure will be found, so other children and their families do not have to face all that we have and are going through.