Honored Kid

Makenzey S.

Age 14
Makenzey S. Kid Photo


Leander, TX, US


Anaplastic Large Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2016


In treatment

Treated At

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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My Story

Makenzey is a beautiful young girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. It all started on a Tuesday evening March 1st when Makenzey told her mom she had a "bump" on her shoulder. Abby, Makenzey's mom took her to their pediatrician the next day. She was put in antibiotics as they thought it was just a clogged lymph node. The dr. Wanted her on the antibiotics for 10 days and if it didn't go away to come back in. Well by the following Monday, the "bump" was still there and Abby's motherly instincts knew this wasn't right. Back to the dr they went and the dr agreed to send her to Dell's Children's Hospital to have the "bump" evaluated further by a surgeon. The following day (Wednesday March 9th) the Smith family took Makenzey to Dells Children's hospital. The surgeon was not able to drain the "supposedly clogged lymph node" therefor Makenzey was put under anesthesia and the surgeon did a biopsy. The Smith family then waited for the results. The following week was Spring Break full of exciting plans with friends. On Monday (March 14th) Abby and her friend took Makenzey and several other girls to the Waco Zoo and had a wonderful day. It was a beautiful day here in Texas and the girls had a blast at the zoo and they were all looking forward to several other planned day trips that week as it was Spring Break. Abby returned home that afternoon after the Zoo trip around 4pm and soon after Abby and Blake received the "phone call" with the biopsy results....Life as they knew it, perfect and complete, changed for this precious family. Makenzey immediately started Chemo, after 2 long days of excruciating testing. Makenzey has continued to amaze us all with her strength through this whole process. Each day she faces new challenges and she processes it the best she knows how. Her Parents, Blake and Abby have been so strong and fighting this cancer along side their daughter as well has raising twin 3 year old sons, Maxton and Mason. The Smith family also have a huge support team by their side, their Family being their biggest support, and friends and neighbors filling in as well with whatever they can do do to help. Makenzey's treatment plan is 5 rounds of chemo every 21 days for 5 days straight. She is also in a clinical trial which was advised by a Dr. from St. Jude's, as this type of cancer is rare and the exact treatment is still yet to be determined. Foundations such as St. Baldricks is what helps fund these clinical trial research. I urge to please consider making a donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation so that children like Makenzey have a fighting chance and a cure for childhood cancer can be found!

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