Alicia's Hope

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Raised by 145 people in 31 months
On Sunday, February 7th, 2016, our sweet, 3 year old Alicia was admitted to the Sutter Medical Center Children's Hospital where she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B cell-ALL). Only days before she was sledding in the snow, playing with her twin sister, Ashley and big brother, Nathan. In a single day, Alicia went from enjoying parks and preschool to long hospital stays and medical procedures that no child should have to endure. 

Prior to her diagnosis, almost every morning we asked her, "did you have a good night sleep?  Did you dream about rainbows and unicorns?”  Who knows if she actually did, but she'd nod her head with a smile and say, "yes".  

Alicia’s road to recovery will be long and arduous for her and her family. Alicia has already spent countless hours undergoing tests and initial chemotherapy treatments, and her journey to beat the cancer has just begun. Due to issues with her blood, a condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), she has already been in the hospital much longer than originally anticipated.

With all the support of her family and friends, we want to do all we can to keep her hope and dreams alive. Even with all she will endure over the coming months and years to beat this disease (which she will do); we hope to keep her mind sweet and innocent and dreaming of her two favorite things, rainbows and unicorns.

Along with the emotional toll on Alicia and her family comes the financial burden with medical expenses and soon-to-be homecare expenses mounting daily. Alicia needs your help. Your contribution, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. Alicia is a very special little girl who one day will be sharing her cancer free smile with you all. Your love and support is appreciated so very much. 

Please join us on Alicia’s Facebook page, Alicia’s Hope, where we will keep you updated on her progress.  We would love to hear from you so please write words of encouragement, post happy/funny photos and we will share those with Alicia.

https://www.facebook.com/UnicornsforAli  

 #‎AliciasHope ‪#‎teamalicia ‪#‎rainbowsunicorns ‪#‎YouveGotThisAlicia
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Hello from Alicia's Mom and Family! As some of you know, our updates regarding Alicia and her progress are posted to Alicia's Hope FB page, but for those not following that, I wanted to post this latest update and pictures here as well, as they are too cute not to!
Alicia is about half way through her current phase of treatment and it has knocked her down pretty hard. She's very tired, withdrawn again, her hair has all fallen out, and she's just overall not feeling good. We are eager to get through these next few weeks and hopeful we'll see some smiles again soon. Some smiles like these below pictures portray! Since Alicia knew what a Unicorn was, she's loved them and has wanted to meet one. A few weeks ago, her dreams came true. Thank you Sandra Boos Photography for reaching out to us and making this happen! Thank you all for your continued love and support. Love, Heather, Dan, Alicia, Nathan, and Ashley
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We haven't posted an update in a few weeks on this page, so thought I would let you know what's been going on with Alicia. She has been home from the hospital for over a month and is adjusting well to being home. She's been going back and forth to the hospital weekly to get LPs (Lumbar Punctures with Chemo) and taking oral chemo daily from home. Her counts are good, showing us that the treatment is working and her cancer cells have responded as they should and are being "zapped" away by the Chemo. The worst side effect she's experienced this past month as a result, are leg pains. She often just suddenly sits down as if her little legs just can't hold her up anymore. She's a trooper though and will try as best as she can to keep up with her brother and sister as they play on their plasma cars and bikes, or hide n seek around the house, and then knows when to call it quits and takes a break.
Her favorite hobby right now is coloring and puzzles, likely because it doesn't require a lot of energy, but I'm happy she has interest in exercising her mind when her body just needs a rest.
The horrible side effects of the steroid treatment she was on during her first 29 days are wearing off. We are just so happy to see her personality come back, her smile and hear her laughter again.
Although she still has a couple years left of treatment, we see the strength in her eyes and the determination in her 3 year old body and we know she'll get through this.
She's too young to understand the widespread, amazing, and heartfelt support she's received from so many, but we as her family, completely understand and are so grateful and thankful and in awe of it all. The support she is receiving on this page is going to make life a little easier as we take care of her during this long battle. We are truly thankful from the bottom of our hearts.
Here are a few photos from our Holiday. Seeing Alicia's smile and the fact that she could even do an Easter egg hunt this year makes this so special to us. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter from our family to yours! Love, Heather, Dan, Nathan, Alicia, and Ashley....for continued updates, feel free to visit Alicia's Hope https://www.facebook.com/UnicornsforAli/
Our Family
Sisters and BFFs!
Ashley, Nathan, and Alicia
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From our entire family, thank you! All of your prayers, support, messages and photos are lifting Ali and the family more than you'll ever know. She is home after 18 nights in the hospital. She is happy to be with her twin sister and big brother and sleeping in her own bed; however, there is still a very long road ahead.

She will continue to travel between the hospital and her home for regular blood draws, treatments, etc. We need to keep the house as sterile as possible while her immune system is compromised. Your continued prayers, support and donations are so appreciated.

Please spread the word about Ali's FB page too! We love seeing the number of "likes" rise daily and we love to hear from all of our Alicia's Hope supporters. With much love and appreciation,
Tricia (Ali's Godmother) on behalf of the entire family

https://www.facebook.com/UnicornsforAli
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Judy A. Leipsic
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My beautiful angel our prayers are with you constantly and I declare you will be heal in Jesus name. I love you very much my sweet nice. Be strong baby girl God bless

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I'm a good friend of Brain's. all the best. Freddy

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My beautiful angel our prayers are with you constantly and I declare you will be heal in Jesus name. I love you very much my sweet nice. Be strong baby girl God bless

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