Honored Kid

Karleigh Marie Hobart

Karleigh Marie Hobart Kid Photo


Zearing, IA, US


Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

Date of Diagnosis

September 2008



Treated At

University of Iowa Children's Hospital

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My Story

Karleigh was diagnosed with HLH and received her first chemotherapy treatment at 8 weeks old. She received a bone marrow transplant on Jan 26, 2009 in hopes of curing her disease. Unfortunately, Karleigh had many complications and passed away in the arms of her loving parents at 10 1/2 months old on June 7, 2009 after life support was withdrawn. Karleigh was well known for sticking out her tongue at all who walked into the room. She also was very expressive with her beautiful big, brown eyes, and loved to sing with the Music Therapist that would come to visit when she was hospitalized. Even though she spent more of her life in the hospital than not, Karleigh usually had a smile on her face, or her tongue sticking out, no matter how poorly she felt. She endeared herself to many of the Drs, nurses, therapists, and all other staff who came in contact with her. During her treatment, Karleigh was nicknamed "MIP" which stands for Miracle in Progress" due to all that she fought to overcome. She will forever be our MIP for the strength and endurance that she showed.

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