2020 Tourament Mid-Coast Kid
On September 1, 2019, Jordan spiked a very high fever. Over the next few days, she became uncharacteristically lethargic, gradually refusing to eat or drink. Unable to keep her fever under control, and hoping it would be the flu or a viral infection, she was taken to her pediatrician, where she underwent lab work for a fever of unknown origin. A phone call revealed Jordan's lab work was very abnormal and she was rushed by ambulance to Texas Children's Hospital. After additional testing, it was revealed that this sweet baby had leukemia, specifically Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The diagnosis was made September 9, 2019. Jordan is always brimming with personality, possesses an infectious smile, and has never met a stranger. She loves playing with her sisters, her puppies, cat, books, balls, and playing outside on her swing, slide, and trampoline.
2019 Tourament Mid-Coast Kid
Aisley was a happy, healthy five year old kindergarten student when she was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on November 23, 2018. Aisley had been complaining of pain in her left leg on and off for about a month. The pain seemed to be worsening over the Thanksgiving Holiday, so she was taken to the emergency room just to rule out anything serious. Blood tests done that day revealed the devastating diagnosis. Blood cancers like leukemia have a very good long term survival rate, but they are unique in their very long and very intense treatment plan. Aisley recently completed her first 12 months of a 2.5 year chemotherapy treatment plan to permanently rid her body of cancer. The chemotherapy is working to keep the leukemia at bay, but it causes many difficult temporary and long term side effects. Despite every obstacle, AIsleys takes it all in stride. She loves all things unicorn and Barbie, and cannot wait until she can return to school to be with her friends.
Aisley Update: Aisley is officially 1 year in to this cancer journey, now in the maintenance phase. This phase includes daily oral chemo, monthly clinc trips for counts, IV chemo every three months with lumbar puncture chemo. She has had her share of ups and downs, but we are happy to report her walking is recovering, she is now without braces or walker, she is doing well in school, and hair is coming back thick and beautiful.
2018 Tournament Mid-Coast Kid
In August 2014, at the age of 13, Kaitlyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Prior to that summer, she was an athletic teen who played competitive volleyball and ran track. Her 2+ year treatment regimen required that she endure daily chemotherapy, causing her to miss her entire 8th grade school year and sidelining her from the sports she loved.
From the start, Kaitlyn dove into her role as childhood cancer advocate. She hosted blood drives, supported her area’s local efforts with St. Baldrick’s and helped create a childhood cancer awareness license plate for the state of Texas. She has been recognized twice on the
floor of the House and Senate in Texas for her efforts and in 2015 her congressman shared Kaitlyn’s story on the floor of the House in Washington, DC.
Her treatment finally ended in November 2016, but was immediately followed with surgery. The long-term steroid usage required to treat the cancer caused permanent damage to her hip. A full hip replacement has helped her resume life, but sadly limited her activities and she hasn’t been able to return to the volleyball court or track. Throughout treatment, Kaitlyn excelled in school and maintained her GPA. She is now a member of the National Honor Society. (Note: funds raised from the 2018 tournament were donated to St. Baldrick's in Kaitlyn's name.)
Kaitlyn Update: Katiyln started her freshman year of college with the Fall 2019 semester, and continues to be a childhood cancer advocate.