Hope for Harlow

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Raised by 138 people in 77 months

Our precious Harlow has already fought and beaten cancer once. She was diagnosed with an unkown form of cancer when she was only four months old. Before her second birthday, Harlow had undergone 12 weeks of chemotherapy, over 40 blood transfusions, multiple surgeries, more than 100 consecutive days in the hospital, and two stem cell transplants. Harlow was cancer free for more than four years. Unfortunately, her battle has begun again. She was diagnosed with cancer for the second time one week ago, shortly after her fifth birthday. Harlow has already begun her first round of chemo and will likely need treatment for the next 26-52 weeks.

Harlow is a fighter, a warrior, and she will beat cancer again. She has proven her courage and her will to survive once already but it will undoubtedly be a struggle emotionally and physically for both Harlow and her parents; Jamie and Ben.

We can support them through every single minute of her fight with our love, our thoughts, and our prayers. We can also help lessen their financial burden by donating to Hope for Harlow. Please join me in contributing to the future of this amazing little miracle.

Thank you,

Marisa Mills

Jessica Navarro

Connie Martorano

 

 

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So incredibly happy to report that Miss Harlow is officially done with treatment! Several weeks ago she had her last dose of chemo, two weeks ago she had her "end-of-treatment" CT Scan - all clear! Last week she had her final internal exam and today the Jamie, Ben, and Harlow received the amazing news...Harlow's exam looked great! No evidence of any cancer! Her port was removed and she is in remission.
Harlow did something amazing more than 4 years ago when she beat cancer for the first time. Now she has done it again!
We are lucky if we are witness to one miracle in our lifetime, but we have been fortunate enough to witness two. Harlow continues to be an inspiration to all who meet her or hear her story. Her contagious smile reminds us of what is actually important in our lives and her courage reminds us that even the smallest among us are capable fighting the most difficult of battles.
Please continue to pray for Harlow and her family. While her treatment is over, Harlow will continue to make regular visits to the hospital for blood work and scans.
Please consider supporting Hope for Harlow today and helping Harlow and her family begin this new chapter of their lives. Thank you for all your kindness and generosity.
That beautiful smile!!
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Harlow has been so busy! She made a VIP appearance at the LA Dance Magic Competition where she was an absolute celebrity! She also turned 6 years old!! She had a skating party and Miss Harlow may have a future in ice skating. She would not get off the ice even for birthday cake! I think she could be a Olympian! The best news of all is that tomorrow, April 11th, Harlow will have her last chemotherapy treatment! It has been an entire year since her second diagnosis. What an incredible little lady!
Harlow spent the weekend with us at LADM. I was overwhelmed by the way people reacted to her. I watched as everyone stared at her. I began to notice the eyes on her and then the eyes on me and as I caught the looks on the faces of strangers, they smiled. They smiled at her and they smiled at me. They smiled at my daughter as she held her hand. These were the most genuine, honest, kind, and painful smiles I had ever seen. It was unexplainable. I knew that they could see how amazing she is, how brave, and absolutely stunning she is. She makes you think. She makes you pray for her health and for miracles. She makes you pray for the health of your own children and the ones you love. She makes you think about how precious life is and how insignificant our worries can be. I could see all of this on the faces of my friends as well as on the faces of these strangers. I thought to myself, "Is this what Jamie experiences every day?" I was completely humbled. My faith in humans, in society, in the kindness of strangers was restored. All the while, Harlow danced and sang. She giggled and squealed. She skipped and jumped. And she smiled. She is an delight, a joy, and an inspiration.
Harlow turned six on in March. She had a fabulous Frozen themed party at the ice rink where she skated and skated and skated until they literally drove out the Zamboni!
We are all so blessed to have her in our lives - all of our lives. Everyone who knows Harlow's story is a part of this journey. Everyone who has prayed for her, send her positive energy, healing thoughts, kind words, asked about her progress, sent well wishes, read her updates, and donated to Hope for Harlow. We have all been touched by her incredible courage.
However, Harlow's journey is not over. She will have a protocol for her after treatment care and the financial burden for Jamie and Ben will continue to grow. At this time we have only reached 33% of our goal. We are asking that everyone who reads this and continues to keep up the Harlow and her story make a small donation today in honor of her last day of chemo.
Please know, your support means a tremendous amount to Harlow and her family. YOU have made a difference in the life of an amazing young lady. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Harlow's 6th Birthday Party!
Harlow and Gia at LA Dance Magic
Harlow and Gia at LA Dance Magic
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Harlow has been very busy these past several weeks. Besides her perfect bald head, you would not know that this child is battling cancer. She attends school on the days she is not receiving treatment. She goes ice skating... I think we have a future Olympian on our hands!! She won an award at school for three photographs she took, they were amazing! She shakes her little booty at dance class every weekend. She attended a Blackhawks game and even had a sleepover at our house!
Harlow amazes me.
When we had our fantastic sleepover, I could hear her laughing and squealing, giggling and telling wonderful stories. After my daughter fell asleep, Harlow came out the living room where I was watching television. She climbed up on my lap and told me the best stories ever. I loved hearing her voice and seeing her fabulous smile while she giggled and told me about how she had been "a little bit naughty that morning".
I told her that her she had hands just like her mom's, and she asked me how long I have known her. I told her that her mom and I have been friends for more than 20 years. She told me that was a very long time. I told her she was right, and that she and my daughter would be friends even longer because they had a head-start! She giggled and laid her head on my chest.
I couldn't help but think of how lucky I am to have Harlow in my life. How she inspires me and she simply puts things in perspective. She has this amazing positive attitude, infectious giggle, and a constant smile.
Harlow has less than six treatments to go and Jamie reports that she is eager to get her hair back. Although the first round of the "bad chemo" still usually produces a fever and makes her feel pretty yucky, she continues to maintain her smile as well as her daily life. As Harlow moves closer to the end of her treatment, this journey is not over. As they have all done this before, Harlow will continue to visit the hospital on a regular basis to be sure that she remains healthy. At this time there is no evidence of any cancer and we want to keep it that way.
Please join me in supporting Hope for Harlow and donate anything you can. Thank you so much for your generosity, Harlow and her family appreciate your kindness.


Sleepover!!
Valentine's Day Sweethear!!
xoxoxoxoxoxox
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Harlow needs your thoughts and prayers. A few weeks ago, her ultrasound revealed a couple masses in her abdomen. While the hope is that these are common fluid filled sacs that often appear after a hysterectomy, Harlow's team of doctors cannot definitively make that distinction. Harlow will undergo yet another procedure this Thursday to determine exactly what these masses are.
During this holiday season, I'm sure that like me, you begin to reflect on what is important in your lives. You think about the past year and the joys your have experienced as well as the times you wish to forget.
I cannot help but think of how these past several months have effected Harlow and her family and that at this time last year, she was a seemingly healthy four year old girl. It overwhelms me to know that only three months later Harlow would again be battling cancer.
I wish that I could take away her pain and her sickness and her cancer. I wish that I could alleviate the suffering of her parents and make her healthy again.
I can only support them. I can pray for them and send them every ounce of positive healing energy I have. I can try to relieve some of the stress that burdens them.
As we all shop for gifts and attend holiday events, let us consider the wish of parents whose children will spend the season fighting illness. Please join me in supporting Harlow and her family in thought and prayer as well as by donating to Hope for Harlow.
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Cote Lind
68 months ago

Hello! My name is Cote Lind, I'm a Reiki Master and resident of Oak Park. I'd very much like to offer complimentary treatments for Harlow. Please go to my website www.reiki4u.net and contact me with any questions, concerns and for scheduling. Best wishes during the holidays for you and your family! Cote

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Gisselle Rdz
69 months ago

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Cote Lind
68 months ago

Hello! My name is Cote Lind, I'm a Reiki Master and resident of Oak Park. I'd very much like to offer complimentary treatments for Harlow. Please go to my website www.reiki4u.net and contact me with any questions, concerns and for scheduling. Best wishes during the holidays for you and your family! Cote

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