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Honored Kid Alisha L. Age 15

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Location
Lake Forest, CA, US
Diagnosis
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Date of Diagnosis
September 2009
Status
Cancer free
Treated At
Children's Hospital of Orange County

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Alisha is tomboy who is fearless when it comes to the play structures, but very quiet in public settings. She is calm, reserved and observant who enjoys reading books, working on her abacus, playing with her sister and creating memorable art pieces.

Alisha is extremely curious and has the propensity to ask endless questions in her areas of interest. Also, her elephant-like memory keeps all of us on our toes!

Our world turned upside down when Alisha was diagnosed on August 31, 2009 - the week school started. We thought she was trying to get over a stubborn flu, but had no idea it was leukemia. She immediately underwent aggressive chemotherapy for seven months and is currently in the Maintenance phase for the duration of her treatment. Alisha's strength and resilience doesn't cease to amaze all those around her.

During the course of her treatment, she was able to keep up with her school work at home for first grade while astounded her teachers with her reading level. Additionally, her tenacity and determination for completing her Chinese homework weekly brought many parent volunteers to tears. We are all extremely proud of how far she has come and the confidence she exudes while she walks in public bald. At the same time, we continously pray that the ugly side effects from the chemotherapy will not consume her life.
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