Olivia S.

Condition: Botryoid Rhabdomyosarcoma
City, State: Beaverton, OR
Club: Aloha High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 3/06/2013

Olivia's Story:
The adorable and spunky Olivia Adelaide was diagnosed just before her 1st birthday in July of 2012 with stage 3 Botroid Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, in her bladder. Since that diagnosis, she and her family have been on a rollercoaster of constant visits to Randall Children’s Hospital for intense treatments and major surgery to remove 2/3 of her bladder which was later reconstructed. A feisty little fighter, Baby O will not give up!

Olivia is currently almost at the end of a very trying 40+ weeks of treatment. Olivia has a port in her chest so that she doesn’t have to have an IV put in every time she has her chemo. Chemo treatments happen once a week, and you can find all 18 pounds of her walking around Randall’s hospital, pushing her IV roller and waving at everyone she sees. Every 4th week, she receives what they call the “Major Cocktail” that wipes her out for a few days, hopefully wiping out the cancer as well. After this, she sometimes needs a blood transfusion to get her little body what it needs.

During this hard time, it is great to know that Olivia has a very supportive family. Her mother Rita, a 24 year-old single mother, has 7 siblings and great parents who are all there for love and encouragement. Aloha’s own Brian Quinn, Olivia’s cousin, suggested Sparrow to their family. He knew that the Aloha family would be on their side as well.

Though tiny in stature, Olivia is big in personality! She is very independent and knows what she wants! Olivia can often be found fighting with her 3 year-old brother Jacob for the possession of mom’s phone, so she can listen to country singer Kip Moore and get her dance on. If there is music playing, she is rockin’! She also loves to cuddle up with the pink and white blanket her Nana made her. She takes it, and her special bunny, with her wherever she goes. Right now, some of her favorite words are “no!” and “mine!"

Olivia’s fighter attitude keeps her mom going as best she can with a smile on her face. As a result of the therapy schedule over the last year, Rita has not been able to work and has been counting on her family to help them get by. On top of physical and emotional stress is the stress of finances during this difficult time.

They are very grateful for the AHS family who provided a wonderful Christmas for them. “Thank you isn’t enough to say. Your efforts are beyond appreciation,” says Rita with tears in her eyes. She thinks you are all fantastic and amazing for being so willing to help her baby girl.

YOU can make a difference in the life of Baby Olivia!



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