Condition: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
City, State: Happy Valley, OR
Club: Rock Creek Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 1/14/2019
Roslyn's Story:In June of 2018, Roslyn caught, what appeared to be hand, foot and mouth disease, but when her fever lingered off and on, her parents grew concerned. The days prior to her diagnosis, she no longer wanted to walk and she was lethargic. The first trip to the pediatrician resulted in a diagnosis that she had a virus. Just one day later, in addition to all of her other symptoms, her eye became swollen shut. Her parents took her to the emergency room. There, the doctors diagnosed her with an ear infection and she was sent home. Another symptom the following day brought the family back to the pediatrician. That’s where they noted her pale skin and requested a blood test. Results showed that Roslyn was severely anemic and she was immediately sent to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Roslyn was quickly admitted to the pediatric ICU where she received a blood transfusion and because doctors suspected leukemia, a bone marrow biopsy. Roslyn’s energy and mood immediately improved as a result of the blood transfusion but on the fourth day of her admittance to the hospital, Roslyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Chemotherapy was started immediately and a PICC line was surgically placed.
After the first phase of treatment, when her cancer successfully achieved remission, the PICC was replaced with a port in her chest through which she regularly receives chemo. Treatments vary in time and length depending on the phase of treatment. In some phases she receives treatment daily, while others are weekly or even less frequent and often she has to be sedated if the doctors need to give her treatment directly in her spine.
At this point in her treatment, she sometimes experiences aching and occasional trouble sleeping due to the medication. She has a long journey ahead as her treatments will continue over the next two years to ensure 100% cure.
Despite all of this, Roslyn is a very brave and happy two year old. She loves to play with her brother and do all the things he does like play soccer and practice taekwondo.
Roslyn loves painting her hands and feet, rainbows, baby dolls, sign language and is obsessed with cleaning, even if it requires she makes a mess first. She particularly loves watching and singing along with Daniel Tiger and watching pie-in-face physical challenges on Double Dare.
Roslyn will be adopted as a Sparrow to Rock Creek Middle School, and students will work hard to raise money for her through sponsored community service and fundraising.