Help support Emma Lynn Dixon

In the beginning of January Emma had her four month old check up, she was growing like a weed and the doctor said she was very healthy. A week later Emma started to develop these very odd bumps on the top of her head. They weren't red or rashy looking. So I watched them for a couple of days. I went onto Google and looked in books at to what they could be, nothing came up and I really started to worry. During one of her baths I was washing her hair and felt a ton of those same bumps all through her hair. I made the soonest pediatrician appointment I could. Her pediatrician didn't know what the bumps were so I was panicking. The doctor did an all over body exam and felt something abnormal with Emma's spleen. She then sent us over to get some blood work and an ultrasound. After that we went home and I checked my phone anxiously waiting for a phone call. About two hours after we got home I got the call...Emma's white blood cell count was high and her spleen and liver were enlarged and we should start heading towards the hospital. We couldn't drive to the ER fast enough. After more blood work they then told us we were being admitted for the night. And over night Emma became very sick. With fevers all night and them coming in to draw her blood every couple of hours it made for a sleepless night. They next day she had a bone marrow aspiration. They said we would have the results in a few hours. Those hours after felt like days. Our doctor came in with not good news. Emma has Acute Myeloid Leukemia. A kind of cancer rarely found in infants because it has to do with mature white blood cells. Our hearts sank. Anyone who knows Emma would describe her as the happiest baby they have ever seen. She's so sweet and kind. We couldn't believe what we were hearing. So the doctors told us that AML is aggressive and fast acting so we needed to be faster. She would start chemotherapy right away. The next day she got a Hickman catheter put into her chest and the day after she started her chemotherapy. They sent us to the PICU so they could monitor her closely for the first couple of days not knowing exactly how she would react to the medicine. Luckily her first round of chemo went well. She reacted great without too many complications. After her ten days of chemo we had to then live in the hospital so they could watch her blood counts drop down and build back up. We stayed a total of 35 days. She had four spinal taps and two bone marrow aspirations. We got to go home for two weeks and now we are at John Hopkins Hospital for her second round of chemo. Technically she is in remission (yay!) but the financial burden is starting to pile up on top of us and Emma will have a total of four chemotherapy cycles. Any donation is welcomed with open arms. Our sweet and strong Emma thanks everyone for your prayers and positive thoughts.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Danielle McDougall
Gig Harbor, WA
Phillip Dixon

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