Bailey's Buddies

Cancer, what a horrible word. When you hear this word
associated with a loved one, it is devastating. It's also
especially disheartening when it's associated with an eight-year old, battling cancer for the second time in her short life time.

Bailey is a sharp, outgoing and lively little eight-year-old
girl who loves to be "˜in on the action' and typically has a
big smile on her face! If you ever meet Bailey, she
probably won't forget you and one can guarantee you
won't forget her!

Bailey was first diagnosed with with Acute Lymphoblastic
Leukemia (ALL) on March 23, 2009 when she was six. Bailey went through more than two years of treatment, completing her last round of treatment in June 2011. She was cancer free for 18 months before being diagnosed with ALL for a second time during December 2012. During 2013, Bailey has been hospitalized numerous times and has undergone several months of difficult chemotherapy treatments.

Recently, Bailey was admitted to the Blank Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit due to complications of her liver, associated with her cancer treatment. She was then transported via helicopter to the University of Minnesota Medical Center where she underwent a non-evasive clinical trial to assist healing of her liver. Although Bailey has been able to return to Des Moines, she still has more than a year of treatment ahead of her to combat her cancer.

During Baileys first bout with ALL, she was able to touch the hearts of people through her fund-raising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research as the organization's 2010 Girl of the Year and Honorary Patient. She also served as Honorary Patient for the 2011 Light the Night Walk sponsored by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to touching lives through her volunteer work, she also touched the heart of President Barack Obama who took time to meet Bailey after he heard her inspirational story on a trip to Iowa in 2010.

Bailey has touched and been a blessing to many, I hope that you will be a blessing to her.

  • Natasha Stingley 
    • $20 
    • 86 mos
  • Rev. Patricia Cooper 
    • $10 
    • 87 mos
  • Tony & VernEsther Hatmaker 
    • $50 
    • 87 mos
  • Lazona Stovall 
    • $25 
    • 88 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 88 mos
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Lonnie Dafney 
West Des Moines, IA
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