Zoe went from a happy, loving baby to one constantly in pain and crying. After endless doctor visits for over a month, we were given the news that would be any parent's worst nightmare. Not only is Zoe's case one-of-a-kind but it comes in the midst of a global pandemic, making it impossible for her Dad and family members to be present.
Zoe's official diagnosis is Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) with a 9;22 translocation mutation presenting in blast crisis, meaning a large percentage of her cancerous blood cells are also growing as a second type of Leukemia, the much more aggressive Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Besides the already very rare nature of pediatric cancer, CML is estimated to be 1-in-a-million of all pediatric leukemia cases that do happen, let alone the extremely unfortunate occurrence of Zoe’s cancer transforming into a second type. Simply put, successfully diagnosing and treating the probably unprecedented nature of Zoe’s cancer will be an especially complicated and uphill battle, even among childhood leukemia cases.
On April 28th, Zoe started chemo to treat the blast crisis while the lab continues to conduct a more extensive genetic and molecular pathology and decide on the best treatment moving forward. After treatment, Zoe will need a bone marrow transplant in order to beat cancer. She is currently on the waiting list for a bone marrow transplant pending a successful first round of chemo.
We are hopeful that with her team of doctors and love and support from those around her, our sweet Zoe can beat this and go on to live a happy, healthy life like any other child. Due to the current climate, we are asking for the support from our friends and community who wish to donate to help cover the surmounting medical expenses my sister and her husband will incur as they fight to help Zoe beat this.
She is currently under the care of the Cancer, Blood and Transplant Team at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake.
All contributions are greatly appreciated and will help to alleviate any financial burdens (medical expenses, travel, food) Kirsten & Theo incur during this devastating time.
There is no donation too small. If you are unable to donate, please continue to share her story! Any unused contributions will be donated to assist others in battling leukemia.
Allison, Kirsten, Theo & Zoe
- Lindsay Smith
- Aaron Burke
- Brittney Haggon
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