Refugee Family Gives Back to LLS after Daughter Survives Leukemia
Sixteen-year-old Ethar and her family moved to the United States from Iraq in 2015. Just one year later, she was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“It all started when my lymph nodes began to swell and the pain became very intense,” said Ethar. “It was at this point, that I went to the emergency room with my father so we could try to make sense of what was happening to me.”
Leukemia Survivor Travels From Egypt to Receive Treatment
At just three years old, Bishoy’s parents uprooted him and his family from Egypt to America after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He underwent treatment for most of his childhood until finally receiving a clean bill of health at thirteen years old.
It’s only cancer. As blasé as that may sound, I work for the Alzheimer’s Association as Walk Manager of the million-dollar Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer's. Alzheimer’s disease has no effective treatment. No prevention. No cure. It’s always fatal. So, when the doctor came into the emergency room at 3:30 a.m. on April 12, 2019, and said to me, “The CAT scan shows extensive swelling in the lymph nodes of your abdomen which indicates cancer.”
My first thought ....
My 9 year old son Ryland Bricker is a BMX racer. He started last year mid way through the season. We found out that the USA BMX Foundation does a fundraising campaign called the Race for Life that benefits the LLS. He really wanted to get involved to help so he ended up being the top fundraiser in the country in 2018 raising $7,066. He set his goals higher for 2019 and really dedicated himself to it asking for donations instead of birthday presents, sat outside local businesses with a bucke....
One night in August 2017, I had sudden and extreme back pain. My husband took me to the hospital where they told me I was fine and sent me home. Three other hospitals later, they finally did blood work and diagnosed me with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was only 26 years old at the time and otherwise very healthy. I did not fully understand the severity of the situation and asked the doctor if I would be back to work the following week. I started my first round of chemo within 24 hours of diagn....
In June of 2016, I went to my primary care physician for a routine physical. Lab work revealed an abnormally low white blood cell count, triggering a bone marrow biopsy that found acute myeloid leukemia. In 48 hours, I went from feeling perfectly fine to a week-long, 24/7, chemotherapy cocktail. That was followed by four more weeks in the hospital to treat the inevitable infections and side effects of chemotherapy induced immunosuppression.
I quickly learned that the rest of life doesn’t stop just because we’re sick. The day after I was hospitalized, my wife arrived at my hospital via ambulance with what proved to be a fractured femur. She spent a week preparing for and recovering from surgery before being discharged to a transitional care unit for a month of rehabilitation.