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Addison was taken by ambulance to Women and Childrens hospital on February 12, 2014 after her pediatrician recognized there was something terribly wrong. The doctors at Women and Childrens Hospital administered oxygen to Addison and began running blood test. Within the hour we were told Addison had ACUTE LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA (A.L.L.), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made). We were devastated.
Addison is an active five year old with a beautiful smile and positive attitude.
There are 3 phases to A.L.L., Phase One, Induction: this is a phase of intensive chemo that usually last for a month or so where combinations of chemo drugs are used. Phase Two, Consolidation (intensification) where we had we had had several overnight stays at the hospital up to 5 days at a time receiving 24 hour chemotherapy and remain in the hospital until it cleared her system. Phase Three, is the Maintenance phase which consists of lumbar punctures and once a month vincristine anti-cancer chemotherapy drug. During every phase Addison had spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations, steroids, and chemo. Addison has had several setbacks and hospital stays from constipation and high fevers and
Neutropenia , an abnormally low count of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps fight off infections, particularly those caused by bacteria and fungi. Addison has had Picc Line, a peripherally inserted central catheter used for a prolonged period of time for long chemotherapy regimens, which has now been replaced with a mediport in her chest.
With the uncertainty that still lies ahead for Addison it is with much hope that funds can be raised to offset the burden for her family in order to take care of her.
Addison lives in West Seneca with her devoted Mother Michelle Hauser, her father
Adam McDonald, and her little sister Averi McDonald.
To make a donation and support Addison and her family please contact Lynn Hauser @ (716) 341-0780, Michelle Hauser @ (716) 948-9582, or Dawn Montondo @ (716) 440-6133