Honored Kid

Jenna S.

Age 16
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Location

Lake Zurich, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2007

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

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My Story

When Jenna was born we were told that compared to the general population, children with Down Syndrome have a higher incidence of Leukemia. Based on her excellent health history from birth to 3 years, we assumed this statistic didn't apply to her. Unfortunately, we were very wrong. On January 17, 2007, at only 3 years of age, our daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Life as we knew it changed in an instant. This new cancer world would become our life for the next 2 ½ years. There were numerous Dr. visits, chemo infusions, hospital stays, blood transfusions, medications and procedures with horrible side effects. Jenna's physical transformation was very difficult to watch and the emotional impact on our family was a daily struggle. This cancer world came with so many challenges and although we managed to make the best of an awful situation, we couldn’t wait for 2009 which would mark the end of her chemotherapy. Jenna thankfully won the battle against Leukemia, completing her cancer treatment on June 1, 2009 and she was considered "cured" at her 5 yr check up on June 1st of 2014. Despite all that she has endured, today Jenna is a happy 15yr old high schooler. She loves singing in her high school choir, playing baseball, chasing her dog, Stella and hanging out with her big brother, Will. She continues to inspire us with her budding independence, her wonderful sense of humor and her ability to win the hearts of many. Thank you for honoring her courageous battle and for supporting childhood cancer research so that more kids can live healthy and happy lives.

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