Condition: Tumors caused by genetic mutation that promotes cancer growth
City, State: Forest Grove, OR
Club: Forest Grove High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1149
Date Adopted: 1/08/2015
Sweet and adorable Paisley is like many other little girls her age. At 3-years-old, she is energetic and curious, loves to read and do crafts, is learning to ride her bike, and is obsessed with Disney’s “Frozen.” However, although you can’t tell just by looking at her, Paisley is a little warrior who has been in a fight for her life since she was first born.
When Paisley was only four months old, doctors discovered a tumor growing inside her liver. Over the course of three surgeries, a tumor the size of a cantaloupe was removed, leaving only 27% of Paisley’s liver. Over the course of these surgeries, Paisley required eight blood transfusions, due to complications resulting from severe anemia. Shortly after recovery, Paisley’s family learned that the original biopsy tested positive for cancer. In addition, Paisley tested positive for a genetic mutation that promotes cancer growth…a mutation that her mother (Chelsey) and two aunts also have. Chelsey actually underwent surgery for a brain tumor when she was seven months pregnant with Paisley.
In July of 2014, scans revealed a tumor in Paisley’s brain stem, measuring 2.5 cm, and located between the two main arteries at the base of he skull. As a result, Paisley and her family relocated to Portland (from Grants Pass) to be closer to OHSU. Paisley had brain surgery on August 25, 2014 to remove the tumor. Fortunately, the tumor was benign and Paisley has recovered well.
However, Paisley still has a lifetime of medical appointments and tests to be on the lookout for the recurrence of cancer. Currently, she has a full body MRI every three months, along with regular visits to her oncologist and neurologist.
Paisley will be adopted as a Sparrow to Forest Grove High School in Forest Grove, OR. Students will work hard to raise money for Paisley through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.