Condition: Stage 4 Neuroblastoma
City, State: Redmond, OR
Club: Summit High School Pacific Crest Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/20/2015
Charlotte is a beautiful three-year-old princess warrior. She has a closet full of dresses that would rival many Disney characters. Charlotte’s journey started with a diagnosis of walking pneumonia, that she and her baby sister, Eleanor, had both came down with. The only difference was that Charlotte had a persistent low fever, was continuing to throw up and had some bruising, along with swelling around her eyes.
When Charlotte’s symptoms seemed to be hanging around a little too long, her parents, Tyler and Jacqueline, took her to the doctors to find why their baby girl couldn’t seem to kick this sickness. The doctors found nothing. Next was blood work and again nothing was found. Charlotte’s symptoms continued. It wasn’t until a brain scan showed an abnormal bone growth in her skull and eye socket. The next day, a body scan was performed. Doctors found four other growths, the biggest being just above her adrenal gland and one being close to her spine.
On May 23rd, 2015 Charlotte was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare disease in which a solid tumor is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. Normally, these immature cells grow and mature into functioning nerve cells, but in neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead. Charlotte started chemotherapy two days later.
Now, Charlotte is in the process of receiving six rounds of chemotherapy. After the fifth round, she will go in for a full-body CT scan and then surgery to remove the tumor. After surgery, this little warrior will receive her sixth round of chemotherapy.
After surgery, the family will decide the best route to go. Which may include a stem cell transplant or different antibody and immuno therapy.
Although Charlotte has had a difficult journey so far, the fight in her is stronger than ever! The support and love from her family continues to fuel Charlotte in her battle. She loves swimming, gymnastics and even though she is a girly girl, she loves feeding the cows with Dad.
Charlotte will be adopted as a Sparrow to Summit High School in Bend, where students will work hard to raise money through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.