Meet Rachael: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion
Rachael is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Rachael and her family will discuss her health journey, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford’s role in providing Rachael with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Rachael.
Rachael was born with Down syndrome, then at 11 years old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“When Rachael was diagnosed with Down syndrome, it changed our expectations,” says Marisa, Rachel’s mother. “Neither good nor bad, just different. But the leukemia turned our lives upside down instantly.”
Rachael underwent chemotherapy for two and a half years at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and still goes in for annual checkups at the Health After Therapy Clinic for potential issues related to treatment.
“The staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital do a superb job of taking care of Rachael’s health and respecting her as a person,” says Marisa. “They do nothing without her, and our family being involved in her care.”
Now 27 years old, Racheal is cancer-free and doing great. She enjoys writing and journaling.