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Karin “Kiki” Quinn WE LOVE YOU

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Raised by 409 people in 5 months
Created June 16, 2018
Team Kiki
Dear family and friends. My wife Jules and I are shocked and saddened utterly devastated to announce that our lives have been completely upended by the discovery of what looks to be stage 4 neuroblastoma in our amazing 15 month old daughter Karin Quinn aka “Kiki.”

Whether you call her Karin, Quinn, Kiki or Baby Q, the fact remains- she is amazing and uniquely fun, smart, and beautiful- our only daughter and the center of our world.

On June 14, Jules and Barbara Dockery took Quinn to her pediatrician to check out whether Baby’s cute pot belly was anything to worry about. He recommended an ultrasound to be sure.

She immediately underwent an ultrasound procedure at Tarzana Children’s Hospital which revealed a large mass on her liver. Julie and Quinn were transported via ambulance to UCLA for admission. Here we remain.

An MRI and CT scan revealed that Quinn has what appears to be a rare, aggressive and particularly lethal form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, an evil disease that lurks in healthy babies and then strikes.

In diagnosing this disease, Kiki underwent two biopsies, one on the mass itself (about the size of potato, located next to her liver), and another sample from her pelvic bone. They are anticipating that the cancer has spread to her bones. It will take more time to confirm this, but what is being discussed now is the reality of stage four neuroblastoma.

This is as bad as it gets. In our future is the entire spectrum of aggressive cancer treatments. Our precious baby will be subjected to Chemo, radiation, surgery, stem cells, and possibly be brought to the brink of death in order to heal from this terrible disease. No less than 3 lives are on the line.

The outpouring of support we’ve received from our friends and family is incredible. Many have asked what, if anything can be done to help.

First, hug your loved ones and be kind to them. Second, donate blood, if you can. Third, send healing thoughts, prayers, and good vibes to baby Quinn. We really really need to catch a lucky break.

Without prompting, Julie’s sister Crystal initiated this gofundme page in support of Kiki. We are NOT expecting donations but we understand that for many, donating to be a part of Quinn’s fund will feel like a concrete step on the road to recovery, and we are grateful for the support.

Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
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Yesterday we reported back to CHLA for the next phase of treatments: A monthlong stay in the BMT (bone marrow therapy) ward, where Kiki will receive hi-dose chemo and receive her stem cell transplants. This will be a very difficult time but we are being brave, and thankfully the check-in process is going well. Also thankfully, our home is pretty far from the wildfires and we’ve not had to deal with much of that directly.
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Halloween has come and gone and we managed to have some fun! Although not particularly into candy or trick or treating, Kiki has quite the love affair with decorations, especially colored lights. She also loves to point out every skeleton and bat and pumpkin she sees. It’s very cute. She was well-appointed with a simple ladybug costume that got a lot of mileage - and here’s some photos to prove it!
As we’ve been away from the chemo treatments a while, her little bald head is starting to grow a little bit of peach fuzz back, believe it or not, and Julie even says her eyebrows are growing back in. Won’t last long, but it’s fun to see.
In a couple of weeks we’ll go back to CHLA for a very intense extended stay- round one of high density chemo and stem cell therapy. So for now, me make the best use of our days as we can, playing, learning, and eating as much as possible.
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Hard to believe but cycle 6 of chemo was fairly drama-free. Watched a lot of cartoons, had a good appetite, and discharged without incident. Now we have a couple of weeks at home to spend being a kid. Next up is an extended stay at CHLA, receiving high density chemo and bone marrow therapy. But today, we check out the local pumpkin patch.
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Recovering this fast from surgery just means we get to go in early for our next chemo treatment. Cycle 6 starts tonight. #teamkiki #kikistrong
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Raised by 409 people in 5 months
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