Honored Kid

Emma R.

Age 10
Emma R. Kid Photo


King George, VA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

April 2016


In remission

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

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My Story

In August 2015, all I could think about was starting Kindergarten.  I was excited to ride the bus and be a big kid in school.  In October I got my first sickness from school.  From this point on, I would constantly be sick.  I would barely be over one thing before something else hit.  My body began to get tired very easily, I had circles under my eyes, and the glands in my neck swelled abnormally.  By January Mommy and Daddy were very concerned.  They took me to my doctor who ordered tests and bloodwork that all came back normal.  Mommy, Daddy, and my doctor kept an eye on me.  I started having a bad cough and my doctor gave me an inhaler.  We tried steroids, antibiotics, allergy medicines, and Mommy and Daddy even removed the carpet in the living room to see if that was my problem.  By April, the doctor saw that nothing she was doing helped me.  She had Mommy make me an appointment at CHoR and sent me for another blood test while we waited.  This time the doctor said there were bad cells in my blood and I had to go to the hospital.  April 28, 2016, two weeks before my 6th birthday and one month after I became a big sister, the doctors at the hospital told us that I had Leukemia. They started treatment immediately and I had to stay at the hospital for a week.  After a month of treatment I was in remission.  Yay!  I had months of weekly treatments at CHoR.   December 2016 I finished the worst of my treatment.    As of June 30, 2018, I am a survivor.  My port was removed in August.  I will still have many clinic visits to see how the chemo has affected me and that I stay in remission. I am back in school with my friends and my hair has grown back thicker and fuller.   Thank you so much for donating to help me and the hundreds of thousands of kids just like me!

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