Keira was originally diagnosed with ALL at the age of 3 months. After completing 2 years of treatment in April 2013 and having eight wonderful months without chemotherapy Keira relapsed shortly after her third birthday. We learned that her leukemia returned in both her bone marrow and central nervous system on January 3, 2014. It has been a very rough road this time compared to our first experience. Our goal is to reach a bone marrow transplant, but we have to get Keira in remission first. Keira has completed one round of treatment and is currently part way through her second round. If you think it is hard to hear your child has cancer for the first time, it is brutally harder to hear that it has returned. It is something that we all live in fear of as we know relapse can happen, but you hope and pray cancer stays away. There is definitely a large need to help support childhood cancer research as it is drastically underfunded and our children are our future and well worth the investment. We have met many families touched by cancer and dealing with the after effects of chemotherapy. Hopefully one day we will find a cure an more appropriate treatments suited towards our children. You can follow Keira's most current story on her CaringBridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/keirakilbane
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