Leslie
"PCFLV was always a constant source of support for our entire family."
- Adrienne, Leslien's mom
To help PCFLV continue to support kids like Leslie and their family, please donate monetarily or schedule a blood donation in Leslie's honor.
 
 
30 Days/30 Stories
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!

September 20th
Leslie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Christmas Eve 2017 when she was 5 years old. A couple of high fevers, a headache and tummy pain brought us to the ER but in our wildest dreams we were not expecting to hear that she had cancer. Her hemoglobin and platelet counts were virtually zero. She spent a month in the hospital initially where she had numerous hemoglobin and platelet transfusions, surgery the day after Christmas to install her port, bone marrow aspirations, numerous spinal taps and her first of many months of chemotherapy. She was also on high dose steroids for the majority of the first month, which fatigued her muscles to the point where she could not even walk. Santa Claus did manage to find her in the hospital though, as well as all her family and friends which significantly brightened her spirits. There was a constant parade of visitors and presents.

She was in kindergarten when diagnosed and is now a big First Grader. Throughout her illness, her Monkey LuLu sat at her desk at school when she was not able to and helped to keep her connected to her classmates. Leslie is also in gymnastics and dance classes and loves to paint. She loves being in her dance recitals and even had the courage to go on stage when her muscles were still very weak and just after she lost all her hair. Leslie enjoys going to the beach on vacation and absolutely loves unicorns. She had a big surprise this past summer when she met a real unicorn on the beach and had her picture taken with her.

Leslie has completed the first eight months of intense weekly chemotherapy and is now entering the maintenance stage of monthly chemotherapy. We are hoping that she can attend the majority of first grade as well as begin to enjoy her favorite activities again. I pray every day that she will not relapse and constantly worry about side effects, both long and short term, from all the powerful drugs which ultimately saved her life. PCFLV was always a constant source of support for our entire family. Please consider a donation to them in Leslie's honor and please support their partner, the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

Written by Leslie's mom, Adrienne


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