Honored Kid

Leah A

Leah A Kid Photo

Location

Chicago, IL, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2011

Status

Angel

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

Leah is six and a half years old. She loves to write and doodle in her journals. Most of her time is spent with her younger brother or friends in the neighborhood. She enjoys playing with American girl dolls, Polly Pockets, and the Muppets. It's hard to believe that only a few months ago she graduated from kindergarten, as most people who know Leah will tell you she seems much older. Leah loves to laugh and truly enjoy life. She doesn't ever complain about being sick or the treatments she must endure. Leah has embraced the gray ribbon as a symbol of brain cancer awareness and wants to get the message out to others. She is the bravest girl I know. Leah turned seven on September 18, 2013. Shortly afterwards, an MRI revealed a portion of her tumor had started to grow. She then began a clinical trial in early November. On a Monday she came home from school and was not acting like as she normally did. My husband and I took her to Lurie Children's and found out that she had a small hemmorage in her tumor. Two days later a larger one would follow and Leah would go into a comma. She received her angel wings on December 12, 2012. It is our mission to educate others about the lack of options for children with high grade gliomas and to fund more research efforts in the name of our beloved daughter Leah, who taught us so much about what it means to live.

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