Condition: T-Cell ALL (Leukemia)
City, State: Portland, OR
Club: Springville K-8 Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/06/2015
Jazylyn, or “Jazzy,” as family and friends affectionately know her, is an adorable two-year-old little girl who loves animals and playing outside. She is happy and loving and acts very motherly to her three siblings, one of which is an identical twin.
In early 2015, Jazzy’s parents noticed unusual bruising all over her body, specifically on her shoulder and hamstring. Concerned, they visited the doctor who ran a blood test on Jazzy to try and figure out what was going on. The results of the blood test were shocking and life as the Wistrand family knew it was changed forever.
Little Jazzy was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on February 5th, 2015. Jazzy started chemotherapy one day after receiving her diagnosis. Altogether, since that day, Jazzy has endured 10 blood and/or platelet transfusions, 13 sedations and lumbar punctures (spinal taps), and weekly steroid and chemotherapy treatments. She has spent about 32 days in the hospital, her longest stretch being 9 consecutive days.
Chemotherapy treatment has caused Jazzy to lose her hair, but thankfully, it doesn’t make her too sick. The steroids that she takes do suppress her immune system, so her parents must watch her very closely, as she can get sick very easily, which usually means a trip to the hospital.
Jazzy is currently considered to be in remission and in the delayed intensification phase of treatment. However, her journey is far from over and life is still filled with appointments, treatments, and hospital stays. Through it all, she continues to warm the hearts of everyone who has the privilege of meeting her.
Jazzy will be adopted as a Sparrow to Springville K-8 in Beaverton. Springville students will work hard to make a difference in Jazzy’s life through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.