When Hannah was 2 years old, she started to become very ill. After hundreds of doctor visits and even seeking a naturopath all we got was misdiagnosis. We were left confused and frustrated and alone, caring for Hannah at home until one day she stopped breathing. Hannah’s abdomen had extended so far it was crushing her lungs.
Hannah was finally rushed 911 to hospital where a tumor was found. Forty-five minutes later we were rushed by helicopter to BC Children’s hospital where Hannah's rareness started to be revealed. She was diagnosed with a stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma - 3rd in the world to have what she did. After a long 15 month battle (and every infection possible) she beat all the odds and in October was deemed cancer free.
Only 2 short months after a Make A Wish trip was planned, regular blood work showed even more horrifying news: Hannah now had leukemia. After tons of tests they discovered Hannah had leukemia, a result from the chemo drug (itopiside) that she received. The chance of this was less than 1 percent. Even more heart breaking, after doctors discovered the leukemia they went back to her final scans from October and saw that the leukemia was already there and had been missed: they were looking for her rhabdomyosarcoma, not leukemia.
Because chemotherapy caused this leukemia, chemotherapy can't fix this leukemia. Hannah's best chance of living was that her baby sister, Hailey, might be a perfect match for a stem cell transplant. Unfortunately Hailey and the rest of the family are not the match she needs.
Like nearly 1000 other Canadians, Hannah's only chance of surviving now is a stem cell transplant from a donor who is a perfect match. You could be their hero, the one match to save a life no one else in the world can. It might be you! Please register to be a stem-cell-donor and please pray for a full recovery for little Hannah.
- Brooke, Hannah’s Mom (Click Here For the Latest Updates on Hannah)