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Gold Ribbon Hero Raeleigh M

“Reason this person is a Gold Ribbon Hero: Raeleigh is a Gold Ribbon Hero because she has been the fighter God made her to be. On January 15th, 2016 at 15 months old our daughter  Raeleigh was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 high risk due to the tumor and it being in her bones and bone marrow. Her tumor that was found in her abdomen was the size of a cantaloupe. Before finding out her diagnosis Raeleigh started sleeping more, profusely sweating, having stomach issues, pain and also very high blood pressure which we found out the day she was diagnosed. All of this was due to the size of the tumor pressing on her organs. So far Raeleigh has had several tests/scans done such as CT scans, MIBG scans, 2 bone marrow biopsy, tumor biopsy, hearing tests, EKG’s, chest xrays, ultrasounds, and several others. She had a vascath put in to collect her stem cells. She has had 5 rounds of chemo, surgery to remove the tumor that was still the size of a softball after shrinking 50%. Before starting transplant scans showed Raeleigh’s tumor site was clear and her bone marrow and MIBG scan showed less than 5% left. She has undergone 2 high dose chemo treatments and 2 stem cell transplants. Also after her 2nd round of chemo Raeleigh got septic which was very scary. She stopped walking for about a month. She is now about to start radiation and will also have 6 months of immunotherapy. Even having gone through all of this there is not a day that goes by that she doesn’t have a smile on her face. She has been our strength at times when we thought we were being hers. She is such a blessing to us all. We ask that you please continue to pray for her. She is our our little Princess Warrior.” – Joshua M










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