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Honored Kid Ruby E. Age 5

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Location
Marietta, GA, US
Diagnosis
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Date of Diagnosis
August 2015
Status
In remission
Treated At
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

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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.

Ruby was a born fighter. Diagnosed with Down syndrome hours after her birth, she’s spent her entire little life fighting against statistics. She has dealt with Leukemia the same way. Ruby was diagnosed with AML-M7 a few months after her 2nd birthday, following a routine CBC; Ruby was not showing any symptoms. The hardest part has been having our family split up for long periods of time: in four months, Ruby was in the hospital for over 60 days. Ruby has two older siblings who miss her, especially since they cannot visit her in the hospital during flu season (which has been in effect for almost all of Ruby’s treatments so far). Ruby started preschool two days a week the week before the week before she was admitted to the hospital. Leukemia has stolen some precious time from her in that regard, as early intervention is so important for kids with Down syndrome. But as difficult as some of these things have been, Ruby has led us through her treatments with minimal fear. She has responded very well to the chemo, and her energy and spunk have remained. Ruby’s smile makes everyone who sees her, in and out of the hospital, smile too.
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