Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Meet Erin P.
Erin P., Age 10
Hometown: Kirtland, OH
Hospital: University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Erin was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). After going through two years of chemotherapy at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Erin received a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, during a routine checkup just 19 months after her treatment ended, it was discovered that Erin’s cancer had returned. This led to immediate plans for Erin to receive a bone marrow transplant. She endured months of mostly inpatient chemotherapy and rounds of radiation leading up to the transplant.
In June 2011, she received her first transplant. After weeks of recovery, she was able to return home and started to feel like her old self again. Unfortunately, at another routine checkup in early 2012, it was discovered that Erin’s cancer returned again and the process for another transplant began again. In July 2012, Erin received her second bone marrow transplant to fight her third battle with cancer. Her family is hoping that the third time is the charm. Through all her struggles, 10-year-old Erin knows how to fight like a true champion.
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