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Olivia Gardner’s Fight!!

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Raised by 249 people in 3 months
Created May 10, 2018
Olivia's story began on 4/4/2018 after a routine blood draw revealed a low platelet count. Repeat draws showed her white, red and platelet counts drifting down. Olivia felt fine even with these decreasing numbers. They were referred to Hematologist at NW Medicine/Lurie Children's Hospital on 4/16/2018. They  quickly began to do a series to tests to diagnosis the cause of the low counts. On 4/24/2018 Olivia was admitted into the hospital for critically low blood counts. They first treated her with an IVIG infusion to rule out a condition called ITP. Unfortunately Olivia did not respond to this treatment, so on 4/25/2018 Olivia underwent a bone marrow biopsy. The bone marrow smear  resembled a rare blood disorder called  Aplastic Anemia. Olivia was stabilized with two platelet transfusions and released home later that week. The family was tested for a bone marrow match for a possible transplant. While waiting for results she was seen in the clinic twice a week for blood draws and transfusions. On 5/1/2018 we received final bone marrow results confirming diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia. On 5/9/2018 they were informed that there was not a 10/10 match in our family or in the donor data base to do a transplant. It was at  this point they met again with Olivia's team of doctors to establish a treatment plan with Immunosuppressive Therapy. On 5/14/2018 Olivia will be admitted into ICU to begin treatment. This has turned the entire family upside down. They continue to stay positive and are very thankful for their family , friends and the team of doctors and nurses. Please continue to keep Olivia in your prayers.!!! 
As you all know medical treatment, time off from work, and travel back and forth to the hospital will take its toll on this family. 
Hoping to raise some money to help During this very stressful time for Dennis, Kathy and Jillian and of course, Olivia!  Please keep prayers coming and keep Olivia and all of the Gardner’s in your daily thoughts
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We would like reach out to as many people as we can & attempt to express how grateful we feel for all the amazing support our family has received over the last few months. Olivia’s diagnosis has devastated our family as you can imagine. The generosity and love we have been given from our family, friends, & our entire community has meant more to our family than we can ever tell you! There is no way we can ever express to each and every one of you just how thankful we are and how you have helped Olivia in her battle. Please know that we feel so blessed for this amazing support! Please continue to pray for Olivia as she continues to face this challenge and know that she finds strength from all of you!

Love ,

Dennis, Kathy, Jillian, & Olivia Gardner
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Olivia just celebrated her 15th birthday!! Happy Birthday Olivia!! Well at this time the decision has been made. The doctors will continue to watch Olivia over the next two weeks and we will pray for a miracle. That will end the 3 month waiting period after her treatments. At this time they do not see her body making any platelets. We need a lot of prayers over the next two weeks. We need to get her body to do this. Unfortunately if it does not, they will be transferred to a doctor in Milwaukee and Olivia will do a 50% donor match bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately she does not have a 100% match. During this procedure she will be in the hospital for a very long time and the battle will be a tough one. I’m asking everyone out there to please continue to pray for Olivia and her family!! #Oliviastrong❤️❤️.
I will also post a link in the comments for anyone who would like to become a donor. It’s easy fill out some info on the link and they will mail you a kit in the mail. You do a cheek swab and mail it back in. Even if it’s not a match for Olivia, it can be a match for someone else needing this!! Many thanks to everyone!!! Please pray!!!
Hi everyone, please click here to support my GoFundMe campaign, Olivia Gardner’s Fight!!:
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Olivia continues to go twice a week for blood draws and unfortunately treatment still is not working. She continues to need transfusions and platelets On Friday the doctors discussed with them the need to start to make the next decisions as to what treatment they will need to try next. These decisions are very difficult and the family will be consulting with numerous doctors as to which would be the best choice to make. Ultimately, this could mean traveling to another state for treatment which will be very difficult for all! No matter which route they chose, Olivia will have a big battle ahead of her! She is the strongest young lady I know!
Please continue to pray that Olivia can beat this awful disease and continue her strength during whatever treatment is chosen! Pray for her family to continue to have strength during all of these trying times!! Thank you to all who have donated and for those who continue to pray! God bless! #Oliviastrong❤️❤️
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Olivia is home once again from the hospital She had another infection and went home Tuesday on oral antibiotics. She continues to get blood transfusions twice a week.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and said prayers for Olivia and her family! She continues to fight daily with having no immune system but the fight goes on. She is amazing!
Please continue to have Olivia in your prayers!!
Love to all! ❤️
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Raised by 249 people in 3 months
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