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Childhood Cancer Facts

Every 2 minutes a child

is diagnosed with cancer.

Every year, an estimated of 250,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide

In 80% of kids, the cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed


"Macklyn was 2 years old when her dad noticed a bump on the side of her head. She had fallen that day, so as her parents, we weren't overly concerned. For the next 5 weeks there were communications with the doctor, either phone calls or checkups. At this point the bump was getting larger & tests were conducted. After a CT scan, macklyn was sent to a children's hospital because the doctors & radiologist agreed that the scan results looked like cancer.

After 2 days at the children's hospital Macklyn went home waiting for more results. On April 24, 2015, macklyn was diagnosed with stage 3 rhabdomyosarcoma. Her tumor was large & near her brain.

In May 2015, she started a 43 week treatment plan. The treatments included 31 doses of IV chemo (15 of which she had to be admitted to the hospital) & radiation 28 times. She was sedated 32 times in 4 1/2 months. Her tumor began shrinking immediately & her prognosis was good.

Through these treatments she stayed happy & fairly healthy, (if you can be considered healthy while having cancer).

 She loved swimming & being outdoors. She also loved pizza, ice cream, suckers & bubblegum. She had a smile that could melt your heart & beautiful blue eyes. She usually wore dresses with her pink cowboys boots & could be seen twirling where ever she went.

In January 2016 macklyn turned 3, but she started to seem more like a child with cancer. She was nauseous & tired more, and she began to be upset when she had to go to the hospital. In February 2016 she finished her last treatment, but we could see that her tumor was growing.

Scans were preformed & the results were really bad. On march 2, 2016 the doctors found that the tumor had grown into her brain, jaw & eye socket & the cancer had spread to her lungs. Her odds of lived dwindled to nothing & At this point we chose to take her home & try to make the remainder of her life beautiful.

On march 9, 2016, while in Florida for a make a wish trip, macklyn vomited & became unresponsive. An ambulance took her to a children's cancer hospital where she had a seizure & quit breathing. Doctors told us that she wouldn't live 24 hours. Macklyn was as tough as steel & after living for 36 hours we decided to try to fly her home. Macklyn lived almost 2 more months & gave us precious memories before she gained her angel wings on May 9, 2016.

She will be remembered by her positive attitude & amazing smile. She would say "everyone's my fwend" & "you're my best fwend". She was beautiful & perfect & an inspiration to thousands"

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