Help Solei Beat Cancer
On December 26th, Solei, age 10, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer, a cancerous tumor in her right femur bone.
Solei was born in Guatemala & adopted by Jackie as an infant. This past year they spent time living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where they immersed themselves in the Latin culture. It is Solei’s dream to learn Spanish so that when she meets her birth mother in Guatemala she can talk with her. Jackie & Solei have moved to Denver so she can be treated at Denver’s Children’s Hospital.
Osteosarcoma is a very aggressive cancer. Doctors are using 3 strong chemotherapy drugs over a period of 9 months to kill it. After 3 months they will attempt to do a limb-sparing surgery rather than an amputation. During the long (9+hour) surgery, they will remove the tumor, bone, cartilage, and nearby tissue, then replace Sole's knee and thigh bone with a metal prosthesis (implant) and metal knee joint. Solei will need the same surgery every 15 years to replace the metal prothesis.
After surgery and and the second round of chemo ends, Solei will need physical therapy for up to a year to learn how to walk again. Jackie & Solei will have to travel to Denver every 3 months for the first few years for scans, exams, blood work and eco-cardiograms. Because this cancer reoccurs 30-50% of the time -and the chemo can damage her heart and hearing--regular screenings will continue for the rest of Solei's life.
Funds raised from this campaign will help with the years of travel costs back to the hospital, medical expenses not covered by their insurance, and all other costs associated with Solei's recovery.
Solei is a Mayan warrior and is handling this with amazing courage and strength. Thank you for your love and support. Please send prayers, good energy and love for Solei's recovery. Solei and Jackie believe they work miracles. You can follow her story at caringbridge.org under Solei Unternahrer.