In August of 2009, at age 15, Casey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL)*-- interrupting her busy teenage years! Since diagnosis, she has undergone aggressive chemotherapy injected directly into her spine and legs, as well as numerous blood transfusions, spinal taps, more chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. She continues her schoolwork from her hospital and home. Casey got her driver's permit in July 2010, and she is doing great! She has been very busy promoting blood drives in her community. Casey loves school, her friends, her older sister, Arielle, and her Schnorkie puppy, Coco Chanel. Casey is a talented artist and dancer. As of July 2010, Casey is continuing her chemo treatments, and visits the clinic on a weekly basis to monitor some recent gallbladder issues arising from treatment. Casey's wonderfully positive attitude and fighting spirit are an inspiration to all.
* Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL), is a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that the body uses to fight infections. The cancerous lymphocytic cells are abnormal, and cannot fight infections and crowd out the production of healthy white blood cells.