Owen’s mom Hannah started to notice that Owen was no longer enjoying himself as he was prior to what was thought to be a nasty illness he had in mid November. He had had a high fever and pain for a week that the doctor thought was related to a virus and constipation. Owen’s fever went away, but his spirits didn’t come back. In fact more symptoms, such tachycardia, irritability, and vomiting, plagued him.
So began his journey to a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Dec. 27, 2017 after an urgent care visit for continuing symptoms. There they noticed how pale Owen was and immediately ordered blood tests. He was found to be severely anemic, so he was transferred via ambulance to Children’s Mercy for a blood transfusion and additional testing. Owen and his mom were told of his diagnosis early in the morning on Dec. 28.
Since then, Owen has remained in the hospital. He’s undergone numerous blood transfusions, a platelet transfusion, a procedure to insert his port, a bone marrow biopsy, and more.
The results thus far, show that leukemia has taken over 70% of his bone marrow. As of right now, his treatment plan extends all of three years. It will consists of weekly outpatient visits, oral medications, and unexpected hospital stays as needed.
Due to his diagnosis and treatment, Hannah will no longer be able to work as a nurse intern alongside completing her nursing degree. Hannah is going to attempt to complete her last semester of nursing school in order to provide better health insurance for Owen upon landing a job.
We have no idea what the costs of Owen’s treatment will be, but we do know there will be the costs of living expenses, car payments, food, etc. that need paid while Hannah is unable to work.
If you’re able to donate, all proceeds will be given directly to Hannah to use as needed. If you’re unable, we also gladly accept prayers for Owen’s recovery, Hannah’s strength, and the family’s ability to find and give comfort.
We will also look to put together a future fundraiser for pediatric cancer in Owen’s name.
Thank you so much for your contribution, thoughts, prayers, time, or whatever it is you do!
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