I would like to introduce you and your listeners to Aurora, a very special 8-year-old girl whose came very ill last February, and was admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Savannah. Mom recalls how sick and pale her little girl was. Aurora endured multiple tests, procedures and blood transfusions to save her life. Her family was devastated to learn her diagnosis, high risk lymphoblastic leukemia. Aurora immediately began treatment that would last several years.
Mom describes her daughter as a ray of sunshine, just like the meaning of her name. Aurora is kind and caring, and full of love. Her nickname is Warrior Princess Aurora because she is a fighter. And fighting is what she is doing right now. After being in remission, after growing her hair back, after finally being able to return to school, Aurora’s leukemia has returned. She remains in the hospital bravely receiving intense chemotherapy which requires close monitoring, makes her sick, and puts her at risk for infection. Furthermore, Aurora will need a bone marrow transplant to save her life.
Aurora’s family has been her greatest support. Mom and dad are always by her side. Aurora’s grandparents and her brother, Zander, help take care of things at home. After this life changing news, this family could really use some love this holiday season to make it extra special. Aurora loves Disney, Star Wars, and princesses. She’s hoping for Disney Doorables, matching doll’s and girl’s sloth pajamas and goggle play cards for Christmas. She enjoys helping with cooking, spending time with her dog and playing Xbox with her brother Zander who would appreciate Xbox and Nike cards and the band, Set It Off, merchandise. As for Aurora’s parents, they express only gratitude but I know gas and grocery cards could make a difference and Amazon gift cards could make shopping this holiday easier. A night out for the family could be a special treat especially at Culver’s or the Rusty Pig. Some of their favorite stores are Hobby Lobby, Disney and Kohl’s.
Despite the challenges Aurora and her family face, they remain thankful for the help and support they have received and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Mark, I would like to thank you and everyone for listening to and sharing Aurora’s story.
Theresa Ryan Knapp RN
Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah