Help for Hailey
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Hailey is a vibrant 4-year-old with so many similarities to each of her parents. She is a loving and doting big sister to Hannah. Unfortunately, a mass was found on Hailey's kidney in late January 2015. It is a cancerous, stage IV "Wilms" tumor that has spread to her lungs and liver. She and her family need our thoughts, prayers, and love most of all - but practically, there will be financial impact. If you can, please assist.
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Hailey had her first post-treatment scan on Monday. After a grueling 3-day wait, the doctors informed the Scherfs that she is CANCER-FREE and officially IN REMISSION!!!
(The Scherfs still have a long 5 years of scans and waiting until little Hailey is declared "cured," but this is obviously a HUGE step and time to celebrate. THANK YOU ALL for your support!!!)
A huge milestone in Hailey's fight against cancer was surpassed today, as doctors at CHOP successfully removed the tumor! This is the first of many knockout blows this little girl is giving this terrible disease. Next up will be months of treatment to eradicate the remaining cancerous cells. But for today, we celebrate! Thank you all again for everything you've done, everything you're doing, everything you will do. Trust me on this... There is no limit to your collective generosity AND no limit to how much of it the Scherfs need during this battle.
Go! Hailey! Beat! Cancer! #choosehope
"Happy Wednesday all, and for many of us we're enjoying a snow-day eve. Not quite as fun as it was when we were kids, but still fun nonetheless.
As you know, today was chemo day, and it turned out to be relatively a pretty good day. She had a little more difficulty this week than last when they were accessing her port; she just seemed to have a little more anxiety, but it still went without a hitch. Katie and I then sat down with her doctor and had a lengthy discussion regarding her status up to this point and what to expect in the coming weeks. She's doing very well and the tumor does seem to be responding to the chemo. Her belly is noticeably smaller, and it's not coincidental that she's starting to eat more and act more like herself. She's lost around 7 lbs since her diagnosis, and the doctor advised us that some of this weight loss can reasonably be attributed to tumor shrinkage. This is great news. Hopefully it continues to shrink at this pace so that she will be ready for surgery on the 19th. As Katie says, WE JUST WANT THIS THING OUT! We do have to be mindful of the weight loss and keep an eye on her demeanor to ensure that she's not becoming anemic. We have to keep her nutrition up and make sure that she's eating as much high calorie food as she can stomach. She'll be happy to know that this means just about anything, from ice cream to steak to bacon and eggs. Who wouldn't be happy to hear that?
The other, and possibly most important, piece of positive information we received today is that the preliminary findings of the DNA test are back and all signs are pointing to a negative result...meaning there is no indication at this point that there have been any chromosomal changes in the tumor. This is absolutely fantastic, and obviously is the news that we have been praying for since this all began. This is the stuff we need to hold on to, and we were able to breathe a very long, loud sigh of relief.
As I said, she handled the chemo well, and her blood levels are holding steady while hovering around the 8.5 range for hemoglobin. As expected, she was pretty much wiped out from a long day at the clinic, wasn't hungry for dinner and begged to go to sleep at around 6:15 tonight. She hasn't made a peep since.
The little stinker is still giving us a hard time taking her Bactrim, so the nurses had no choice but to give it to her via breathing treatment. This of course took forever because she had to fight them and us on that as well. This is smile-worthy, as it shows she still has a lot of fight in her and isn't about to give up some sense of free will anytime soon. I've attached a picture of her happily taking the treatment at the beginning, presumably smiling knowing that she's about to give us a hard time.
Thanks as always for all your support. We can't express to you enough how grateful we are to have a support group like our Hailey's Helpers. You all continue to amaze, just as Hailey does. #choosehope "
Thank you again, supporters!