Condition: Aplastic Anemia
City, State: Klamath Falls, OR
Club: Henley High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 476
Date Adopted: 1/20/2017
Brianna is a sweet and adorable 3-year-old little girl who loves Frozen, Paw Patrol, and Mickey Mouse. Brianna’s happy smile and outgoing personality are inspirational when one considers her ongoing medical needs.
In September, 2015, Brianna’s general health started to decline. At first, her mother thought it was maybe a severe cold. However, when she started noticing that Brianna bruised easily and had bruises in strange places, the concern grew.
Over the course of time, and several tests and exams later, a lab in Seattle figured out what was wrong. Brianna was diagnosed with a rare and serious condition called “aplastic anemia.” Aplastic anemia develops when damage occurs to one’s bone marrow, slowing or shutting down the production of new blood cells. This affects the body in various ways, such as extreme fatigue, frequent or prolonged infections, and excessive bleeding. Aplastic anemia can be very severe and even fatal.
Since diagnosis, little Brianna has had numerous blood transfusions. Brianna also endured chemotherapy treatment to deplete the diseased bone marrow in preparation for a stem cell transplant, which is the only possible cure for this condition. Brianna underwent the stem cell transplant in June of 2016, which required Brianna and her mother to stay in Portland for three months…six weeks in the hospital, followed by six weeks at the Ronald McDonald House.
Unfortunately, the stem cell transplant was not successful. Brianna is back home now in Klamath Falls, but another stem cell transplant is in her future. There is the possibility that this second transplant will occur in the summer of 2017, but doctors hope to extend it as long as possible in hopes that Brianna’s body will be stronger and healthier for the next attempt. In the meantime, Brianna continues to face her struggles, all while wearing that smile that not only lights up a room, but also the hearts of all who meet her.
Brianna will be adopted as a Sparrow to Henley High School in Klamath Falls. Students at Henley will work hard to raise money for Brianna through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.