At Age 3 Paige battled one form of cancer. At age 9 Paige battled a second form of cancer. Now at the age of 15 she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) and will need a bone marrow transplant. (Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation)
Paige was just 3 yrs old the first time she battled this awful disease (1995). She had rhabdomyosarcoma in her right leg. She went through a year of chemo and 30 radiation treatments.
In March 2002 she lost her father to cancer. He was only 37 yrs old. Barely having time to mourn his death the family was again given bad news. Paige now had Osteosarcoma in her leg.....in the radiation field. She again went through another year of chemo and numerous surgeries to fix and re-fix her leg.
About 2 months before the end of the school year Paige began complaining of many different aches and pains. It seemed like there was something bothering her almost everyday. Her mother took her to the ER at least 4-5 times in recent months. They did x-rays only to find nothing wrong. They never did any blood work on her even though they know her history with cancer.
On June 30, 2007 her mother took her to the ER again this time she was complaining about ear pain...and pain during urination. As soon as the doc took one look at her he ordered blood work. She was very pale and had dark red spots all the way across her bottom lip. The next thing they knew Paige was being life-flighted to The Cleveland Clinic.
On July 2nd, 2007 the family was given horrible news once again!
PAIGE HAS AML LEUKEMIA. Paige needs a bone marrow transplant.
Her sister and mother have been tested but, neither of them are a match. They are now looking on The National Registry for a match.
They have been told there are potential matches but, no final word yet. They are just basically hanging out at the hospital waiting for her bone marrow to recover from the chemo she got.
So. once again...Paige is fighting for what’s hers....her very life!!!
Paige is a very strong....very brave young lady and her mother says she is very proud of her for fighting and staying strong!
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. In AML, the bone marrow makes many unformed cells called blasts. Blasts normally develop into white blood cells that fight infection. However, the blasts are abnormal in AML. They do not develop and cannot fight infections. The bone marrow may also make abnormal red blood cells and platelets. The number of abnormal cells (or leukemia cells) grows quickly. They crowd out the normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets the body needs.
PC For Paige Fundraiser UPDATE
"Another BIG thank you to everyone who contributed to the PC for Paige Fundraiser! Thanks to everyone Paige has something to look forward to every day! We raised enough money to get her a new notebook computer so she can communicate with her friends and family back home while she is in the hospital.
The fundraiser is still ongoing as we have to continue to raise money for the monthly wireless bills. We have enough money raised to pay for 5-6 months of service (up to Feb 08.) Due to the wireless service contract, we need enough to pay for a total of 24 months.
I don't like to beg but, hey what the heck.. Got an extra dollar? Send it my way! If everyone I am sharing this with sent me just one dollar, that would be enough for one whole month of service! I hope you take the time to read the article that was published in Paige's hometown newspaper. It mentions the new computer and I am so thankful for all of you that helped me to get it to her so quickly!!"
Please help Paige Haney . . . read her story and donate just $1.00 to help pay for her monthly wireless bill . . . then she can stay in contact with her online friends from the hospital and also when she is allowed to go home.
Let's each give $1.00 to help Paige stay in touch . . . it's a simple thing that can make a HUGE difference in the life of this brave young girl.
Donataions can me made via regular mail or via PayPal.
Email Me: Free2BeMe350z@oh.rr.com for complete details and instructions to make a donation.