Name: Kylie

Age:3
Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

When Kylie’s mom noticed pink white dots on her ears and Googled it, ‘leukemia’ at the bottom of the list of possible causes was the furthest from her mind. A full blood test confirmed Kylie’s eventual diagnosis. After Kylie’s first treatment of chemotherapy, she went into septic shock. Because of needing more chemotherapy, it took Kylie longer to reach remission. Today, she’s very outspoken and lets her opinion be known on everything. For Christmas, Kylie and her younger sister received the gift of snow from an MHF Donor – the real snow in their front yard brought three days of holiday magic to the family. Kylie’s mom is grateful that MHF thinks of all family members.

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Name: Ariana

Age:3
Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Ariana is in the midst of her two and a half year chemotherapy treatment, expected to finish in December 2016. Even during her first round of chemotherapy at the age of 19 months, her mom remembers her handling it well, staying strong, always with a smile on her face. She did have some physical therapy early on in the chemotherapy treatment. The family has gone to many of MHF’s events, including bowling, hiking at Placerita Nature Center, and the family fun night at Mountasia Family Fun Center. While her doctors cautioned not to expect Ariana to grow a lot while having chemotherapy, Ariana’s mom is glad to say they have been wrong in this area. She also added that her daughter is spunky, artistic, and loves to paint, do ballet, tap, as well as piano and voice lessons.

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Name: Elijah

Age:7 (at end of July 2016)
Diagnosis: Choroid plexus carcinoma, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma

At about the age of 14 months, a light bump to Elijah’s head that sent him into painful fits overnight led to a trip to the emergency room. He had a bloody brain tumor, and was diagnosed with two other types of cancer as well. Six surgeries later, including a shunt placement on his head, and after intensive hearing, speech, and occupational therapy, Elijah, a sweet, calm, quiet boy, will be starting second grade in Fall 2016. His family truly appreciated the gasoline and grocery cards from MHF during his treatment, and Elijah’s siblings look forward to MHF’s events throughout the year.

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Name: Michael

Age:16
Diagnosis: Cranial frangioma

Michael was volunteering at Valley Presbyterian Hospital as part of his high school community service hours when a severe headache led one of the emergency room coordinators to run an MRI on him. Although his brain tumor was benign, there were complications because of its location. During one of his surgeries, Michael had a stroke and his left side was paralyzed. But his mother remembers him saying to her, “I am going to walk out of here.” With a lot of therapy, he was walking and talking again by the time he was released from the hospital. His family appreciates MHF’s generosity—everything from providing one month of parking while at the hospital to the family events such as the Halloween and bowling parties. His mom said receiving a call from MHF just to see how they were doing has made a world of difference.

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