Honored Kid

Kimberly (Kimmy) H.

Age 8
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Location

Bonita Springs, FL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2020

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

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My Story

Covid-19 and cancer. I appreciate everyone reading Kimberly’s journey. Life seems to be gone along great with everyone healthy then the music stops with tremendous pain upon the diagnosis of leukemia with the Philadelphia chromosome. Our journey began when my wife told me one Friday night she was concerned about Kimberly looking pale and sleeping a lot. Early the next day I took all 3 of our kids outside in the backyard to play since they were inside most of the time due to covid-19. Kimberly was normally a very active 7 year old running around playing with her 2 year old brother and 4 year old sister;however, she just sat in the swing barely in motion. I became panic stricken when i noticed her blue lips and pale face in the sunlight. My wife was concerned about leukemia. Kimberly was singing a made up song about going to the doctor humming as we went to the pediatrician. The doctor initial though she was positive for covid as he saw another patient the week before looking the same. To some degree I was relieved until he came back stating her hemoglobin was 5 and needed to goto the pediatric ER immediately possibly due leukemia. She was admitted into the hospital diagnosed and started in chemo meds promptly within a few days. It is now over a month in the hospital with my wife and I switching visiting her juggling work and 2 other kids. Her bone marrow results came back recently showing 9% residual cancer cells after standard treatment along with being positive for the Philadelphia gene which is a high risk. Our doctor recently sat down with us to discuss further treatment options but stated the outcome is not great. We will know more in 2 months. 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.

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