Honored Kid

Candice C.

Age 12
Candice C. Kid Photo


Belleville, IL, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2010


In maintenance

Treated At

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Hello everyone! This is our little girl Candice. On 17 May 2013, shortly after she turned three, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We took her to the ER because she was in respiratory distress. As they checked her over we found out she had enlarged heart and liver and her kidneys were failing. Her little body was shutting down. The ER staff told us she needed blood and fast. Her body didn't have enough Oxygen. She also need a breathing tube placed in to help ease the work load of her heart. Within an hour and half we were told that all her signs were indications of Leukemia. She was transported via helicopter to St Louis where is spent the next 4 days in PICU. She started Induction that Friday. We spent the next 2 weeks in 4North and she showed everyone just how strong she is. We got to go home. After being home for 5 days we had to get admitted again due to a large blood clot in her right leg. From the beginning of this roller coaster she has proven she can take on anything. She took to treatment really well. Even with the set back of the blood clot, relearning how to walk, and the isolation of being at home and many other factors she has been a warrior. She is currently in Maintenance and the family is falling into our new "normal" routine. It is going to be a long couple years but nothing can break her fun loving, grateful, affectionate, adventurous spirit! Want to see true strength, look into the heart of a child that is in the fight of their life. Follow more of her journey at: www.facebook/teamcandiceleukemiawarrior.com

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