In September 2008, Tori was excited to begin Kindergarten at Ocean Township Elementary School. Early into the school year, however, she started not feeling well. Her parents became concerned when she had infections that wouldn't clear up, exhaustion, and bouts of nausea. After consultations with her pediatrician, Tori was admitted to Monmouth Medical Center for testing, and on October 13, 2008 at 5 years of age, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL)*. Gone were the carefree days of her young child. Tori began treatment immediately at the Valerie Fund at Monmouth Medical Center. She would be done with school, soccer, play dates and other normal activities for a long time. The treatment for ALL runs roughly 2 1/2 to 3 years, with the first year being the most intense.
During the first year of treatment, Tori was hospitalized for over 100 days for low blood counts and side effects from the chemotherapy. When she was home from the hospital, she would return once or twice a week to the Valerie Fund at Monmouth Medical to receive chemotherapy and IV antibiotics. Tori was able to return to school in November, 2009, and start resuming some more typical activities. With 7 months to go on her maintenance treatment, Tori's routine spinal revealed Leukemia blasts in her spinal fluid. She was diagnosed with her second Leukemia in July of 2010. Tori is currently in treatment, again. To learn more about Tori and follow her progress:
* 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.