Bethany is 4th out of five children. She was a normal happy active 5- year-old, going to school, dance, and playing with her friends. She starting getting sick with infections and fevers every week and began having terrible back pain. Two weeks after her 6th birthday, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia*. She will have a total of 2 1/2 years of chemo. After the first month of treatment, she was deemed a "slow responder" to her chemotherapy treatments, and went from being categorized as low-risk to high-risk. She under went 11 months of high dose chemo as a result. She is now in the maintenance stage of her chemo and is considered to be in remission. Despite some side effects from her treatments, Bethany is back to school, dance, swimming, and having a lot of fun with family and friends. In January 2010, Bethany was announced as the year's winner in the Make Some Noise Foundation's Annual Jewelry Design Contest. Bethany is very proud that her "Hope" pendant design is helping to raise awareness and research funding for kid's cancer!
*Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, or 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.