Be Inspired: Meet Laney – Victory Session

Laney was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May of 2009 at the age of 2 after seeing her pediatrician for bruising and a mouth sore that would not heal. That day we were sent to Nationwide Children's Hospital to get more testing and an official diagnosis. She had 2 years and 2 months of chemo and many hospital stays and visits. She was done with her chemo on July 8, 2011 and done with antibiotics on January 8, 2012. February 2012 we found out that Laney had relapsed in her bone marrow. She was immediately started on chemo for 4 months followed by total body irradiation for 1 week and then a bone marrow transplant on June 19, 2012. She had an unrelated donor, but what we do know is that he was a 10 out of 10 match and a 21 year old male from Germany. During her BMT she was in the hospital for over a month, then stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for a period of time so she could be close by in case she needed immediate care. We were finally released home mid-July 2012, since then Laney has had a couple of hospital stays for viral infections, fevers and graft vs. host disease and many follow up appointments. She was tutored for Kindergarten for the first half of the school year via Facetime, after the holiday break Laney was able to school with her classmates January 2013. Laney just had her official first day of school and was so excited! She loves her dance classes, school, coloring, listening to music...anything girly! Laney SFC 096c Laney SFC 129 Laney_SFC_010cwm Laney_SFC_039 Laney_SFC_088c Submitted by Memories by Chontay Carey, Ohio