Hailey had one chance at life. One chance to fight cancer and win.
And her battle began right before Christmas, the toughest time of the year for any family to face such a traumatic and gruelling ordeal.
Leah says her daughter Hailey had always been a bit fragile. But then, one day, things were worse than usual. Hailey’s gums and nose were bleeding without explanation.
Hayley was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, the precursor to acute myeloid leukaemia.
The doctors told Leah that the only way Hailey would survive was with a bone marrow transplant. And the family would also have to move from their home in Albury to be close to the hospital in Melbourne for 9 months!
Leah recalls how traumatic all this news was...
“I was in a state of shock, and it was a massive kick in the guts hearing about all the things that can go wrong. I asked, if this one doesn't work, do we start again? And they went, ‘No, we can't start again.’ You only get one chance.”
Thank goodness they had amazing Fight Cancer Foundation supporters like you helping them to be where they most needed to be... at Hailey’s bedside.
The battle against cancer is already so draining and so tough. Just imagine a six-year-old trying to do it on their own.
A child like Hailey needs her family around her.
Mums and dads need to be on hand 24/7 to help their children.
Families need to be together.
That’s why the comfort, security and convenience of Fight Cancer Accommodation is so important. And that’s what your online donation now will provide.
The good news is, thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Hailey took her one chance with her family by her bedside. And she won.
And I wish the story ended there…I wish I could tell you that Hailey went home, and that the family would never have to spend another night in hospital again.
But shockingly, they are going to have to take that one chance all over again.
You see, Rylee – Hailey’s baby sister – has recently been diagnosed with the same condition as her big sister. And one day soon, she will have to come in for a bone marrow transplant too.
And like her big sister, she’ll have just one chance.
Donate now to support Rylee.