Over Christmas 2020, something was clearly wrong with then one-year-old Mikayla. She was pale. She didn’t want to eat or play. She didn’t giggle, even when tickled.
When bloodwork showed extremely low hemoglobin, she was hospitalized for several blood transfusions. These perked her up — but only temporarily.
Then a bone marrow biopsy showed Mikayla had blood cancer.
Families, like Mikayla's, will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Mikayla was referred to St. Jude where her cancer was identified as acute myeloid leukemia.
Around this time, her great-grandmother received a certificate of appreciation for supporting St. Jude, to which she had donated for more than a decade. It seemed like a sign of hope.
Mikayla successfully underwent chemotherapy. She is now finished with treatment and doing well.
Mikayla's grandmother says, "Our Mikayla is back!"