After losing both their home and livelihood in one horrific fire, life was finally beginning to get back to normal for Hannah and her family in 2012. That is until Hannah started getting sick.
After many doctor visits and many misdiagnosis, the family was left feeling confused and frustrated. Concern multiplied when Hannah's stomach began to grow. Various diagnosis, such as bad posture and constipation, proved to not be the answer and frustration began to set in for her family.
The real nightmare began when when Hannah stopped breathing. Hannah was rushed to Victoria General Hospital where a suspected tumor was found in her abdomen. Forty-five minutes later, Hannah and her mother, Brooke, were rushed by air ambulance to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
Biopsy results proved that rather than a tumor, it was extensive abdominal inflammation that was was crushing her lungs. Hannah remained in critical condition for several days. After considering the possibility that she might have lymphoma or leukemia a week of tests finally brought a diagnosis; stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. Hannah's diagnosis was the 3rd known in the world.
After a long 15 month battle and every infection possible, Hannah beat all the odds and in October of 2013 was deemed cancer free.
Devastatingly, only 2 short months after a "Make a Wish" trip to Disneyland was planned, regular follow-up blood work showed even more horrifying news . . . Hannah now had leukemia. After numerous tests the doctors discovered this leukemia was a result of the chemotherapy drug (Itopiside) that she was treated with. The odds of this drug-caused cancer occuring were less then 1 percent. The leukemia had been present in her earlier scans but missed because because of the focus looking for rhabdomyosarcoma.
Because chemotherapy caused her second cancer, 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 for that matter) is not the match she needs.
It takes very little to be tested and doing so could mean the difference between life and death for Hannah. Please go to the One Match web page to learn more. Thank you for your concern and heart of compassion for this sick, little girl.