Healing Kori of childhood cancer

28727122_15223089230_r.jpegMy name is Diona, and I’m Kori’s mom. I’m a single mother who has two small daughters -- ages 3 & 17 months. Kori was just a few days away from her 3rd birthday when she was diagnosed with renal cancer, more specifically a Wilms tumor, which had spread to her other organs causing Kori to need major surgery and undergo an intense, year-long chemo therapy treatment.
Kori is a very energetic and sweet little girl. I always knew there was something special about her from  the moment she was just starting to talk and the things she would say. She is kind and thoughtful, and she loves to sing and dance. Kori is such a very brave, strong and fearless baby girl! Although she has so much strength, it is very hard to see my baby going through all that she has , and Kori still has a long road ahead of her. It’s put a strain on all of us. I’m unable to work anymore because Kori needs around the clock care, and she has developed bad anxiety from all of this.  She is always afraid that I’m going to leave her. She’ll constantly tell me throughout the day, "Don’t leave me.” I'll say, "I won't," and give her plenty of reassurance. Then she’ll say, “Promise,” which is to be expected, because as smart as she is, she’s still just a baby, and it’s hard to grasp all that’s happened to her in such a very short period.28727122_15223098600_r.jpegKori was diagnosed in October 2017. She also had her first major surgery that month, removing her left kidney, part of her diaphragm and part of her pancreas, because the cancer had spread to those organs as well. She also had a very large mass removed from her abdomen that was wrapped around her kidney, causing it to be necrotic. I believe the hardest thing for Kori throughout all of this so far is the fact that she cannot be with her sister Kannon.
28727122_15223091150_r.jpegThey’re so close, and Kori loves her so much, that she FaceTimes her everyday as much as she can when she’s hospitalized. She’ll even tell her,   “Kan I’ll be right back. The chemo made me sick, and I’m not feeling well, but I’ll be back.” She’ll also say, “ Don’t be sad, I always be right here and I always come right back”. It just breaks my heart because she’s so young, and her strength just continues to amaze me.  She’ll tell everyone, “Kannon loves me," and that she likes to kiss her, but that Kannon doesn’t like hugs. Kori will say, “but I like hugs. “
Another challenge for her is the fact that she has to get her port needles changed weekly and sometimes more frequently. It’s very painful and a lot to endure at such a young age.
Kori also found her reflection very scary once she lost her hair, eyebrows and lashes and the darkening of her skin as well as the black nail beds from her treatment. She would be afraid to look in the mirror. She’d just stand there shaking and crying, not understanding, and sometimes just having panic attacks. But I’m so happy to say we’ve gotten past that. Kori now tells everyone, "My hair is growing back stronger and stronger and longer and longer!" She was used to getting her hair done and her nails polished weekly. She’s super girly....she’s a real princess! :-)  

During this  unfortunate time, as we continue to remain strong and keep Kori well, it has become increasingly hard to be able to continue to give her everything that’s needed to keep her strong, so that she can get back to playing and not have to worry about hospital visits etc. 
 I’m reaching out for any amount you can give to help during this hardship we’ve stumbled upon. 
We appreciate any amount you are able to donate in helping Princess Kori with her battle against cancer. Please keep her in your prayers and help us spread the word!!!
Finding a cure for Kori!
Thank you so much and be blessed!!
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Diona Harrington 
Pikesville, MD
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