Honored Kid

Claire Parker

Claire Parker Kid Photo

Location

Hurt, VA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

July 2013

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Duke University Medical Center

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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. Our daughter, Claire Elliot Parker was diagnosed with infantile acute lymphoblastic leukemia on July, 13, 2013. She was 10 months when she was initially diagnosed, and had a white blood cell count of 804,000. Her overall survival rate was less than 20%. However, by God's grace, Claire went into remission immediately after her induction cycle. Our family lived at Duke University on the oncology ward of 5100 until January. Claire was a champion the entire time, and continued to develop as any normal toddler. However, after high dose chemotherapy in April, Claire's blood test indicated that she had relapsed. Our hearts sank, as we learned that Claire had over 60% cancer cells in her marrow, after only being off chemotherapy for one week. Claire's overall survival rate was less than 5% at this point, and her doctors were not confident that a bone marrow transplant would cure Claire's cancer. Our family prayed upon our decision, and decided that we would not put Claire through anymore treatment. We were able to spend 2 weeks at home as a family before she passed away on Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2014. Those who knew her often referred to her as "God's Lighthouse", and she was exactly that.

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