Honored Kid

Bridget I.

Age 21
Bridget I. Kid Photo


Mount Prospect, IL, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2008


In treatment

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

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My Story

Bridget left Kindergarten early on a Wednesday in December of 2008. She was tired and had a low-grade fever. Three days later, after a blood test, she was admitted to the hospital. By Monday the 8th the worst case scenerio was confirmed ... Bridget had leukemia (ALL). It happened that fast, and we never saw it coming. A little girl who didn’t feel sick was enduring blood transfusions, spinals, biopsies, chemo, cat scans, a port implantation and painful side effects. She seemed very sick by the time she came home. While those early weeks are still so vivid … the following months became a blur, despite the intensity of our emotions. Treatment lasts 3 years. Bridget will then be midway through 3rd Grade ... half of her elementary school years will be spent on chemo and living with all that cancer brings. Reflecting on the past 16 months, we’ve learned so much: Our daughter is even more amazing than we knew. The entire family is affected in profound ways. While we’re stronger than we might have thought, we all need the help of one another and others. The faithful are all around us, and we have been humbled by their love and support. And her doctors and caregivers have earned our respect and trust. Please consider making a donation to support childhood cancer research. Year by year, treatment protocols are improving, survival rates are increasing and progress is being made towards finding a cure.

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