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M.P. was our first referral. She was a Hodgkins Lymphoma patient, a single mom with a 7-year-old boy, had no family in the area, was unemployed and being supported by friends at her church. Because she already had a laptop, we gave her a cash donation to help her gain some independence. She struggled through her treatment and beat the cancer. Then she found a job and got back on her feet. She is a strong and courageous young woman.

She gave us a tremendous amount of hope and helped us to realize that we really could make a difference in the lives of people dealing with this disease. We all thank her for letting us be a part of her journey.

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K.Y. is our youngest recipient to date. At 5 years old, she was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. This really isn’t cancer but they treated it as leukemia and did a bone marrow transplant. After one of the chemo treatments, she developed a deadly fungus called Aspergillus and was given less than .05 chance for survival. Through a long hard process involving various treatments, some experimental and some not, she was able to complete the transplant and is currently in remission.

She is now 15 years old, but the side effect of the illness and the drugs have left her with the mind of a 5 year old. She loves to play computer games and during her still often long and tedious medical appointments, a laptop helps her to stay calm and entertained.

Her story is sad but her grandparents love her and celebrate her life. She is a survivor.

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M.L. was going about her life, dealing with the normal stuff we all have to deal with. One day, she started feeling like she had a touch of the flu. This was confirmed by her doctor. A month later, she was still sick and treated for ear and sinus infections, then the next month, tonsillitis. The next month, with severe pain on the right side of her head, her doctor recommended a dentist. While waiting to get an appointment, her jaw began to tighten up and it got hard to eat. The dentist finally found something was really wrong and sent her back to a doctor. She was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. She is still undergoing treatment.

We were contacted by her sister whom she had not seen in 12 years. Cancer has a way of making the small things more important and now, with her laptop, she is communicating with her family and friends.

Her story is far from over and her future not certain, but none of us have a promised timeline. And she is fighting her hardest everyday.

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S.M. had a heart-breaking story.  21 years old, 34 weeks pregnant and she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After the emergency C-section and the baby’s placement in NICU, she had a fever and couldn’t spend time with her newborn.  There were two children, a husband and lots of people missing her.  Her sister contacted us to help with a laptop because this was going to be a long process and a laptop would enable her to stay connected during the hospital stays for treatment.  Over Christmas, with a computer at home and the donated laptop, she was able to watch her kids open their Christmas presents and stay in touch with her family and friends. Her husband took over all the duties at home with a new baby while she fought for life at the hospital.  S.M.’s suffering ended and her husband, C.M., started a Leukemia Awareness Facebook page so no more families lose another loved one from this.  Like the page here.

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M.H. is a girl from Lincoln, Missouri. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May of 2012. Her favorite color is yellow and loves all of the Disney princesses. She uses her IDTTYS laptop to play dress up games and keep up with her schoolwork while she continues to undergo treatment.

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L.K. - a handsome 8-year-old boy in Texas with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  Landon and his family are in our hearts and thoughts constantly.  Landon’s family has proven to be a strong one as Landon also has Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS ), “a multisystem disorder of the central nervous system where, most dramatically, the automatic control of breathing is absent or impaired”.  Landon earned his superhero cape in January 2014 after an amazing battle.  To stay updated on Landon’s brothers and the strength of his family, visit the family’s website at 3brothersforacure.com and Like their Page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/3brothersforacure.

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J.K. was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, a condition with a high mortality rate.  But he made it through surgery, many rounds of chemotherapy, and back home with his family.  J.K. also has Asperger’s syndrome, which comes with its own set of difficulties.  He uses the computer to talk to his grandparents, research things that interest him, and keep up with schoolwork.

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O.Q.G is a 12-year old boy who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma after immigrating from Mexico.  He lives with his parents and brother in Missouri.  Though they are adjusting to life in a new country with a new language, OQG misses his family back in Mexico.  He uses his computer to stay connected with them, as well as keep up with his studies for school.

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I.H. – An animal lover and game-player whowas diagnosed with stage 3 C ovarian cancer in late 2013. She has difficulty sitting at her computer for more than a few minutes at a time, even after surgery.  I.H. received a laptop and enjoys reading about rescued animals, playing Words with Friends and chatting with family on Facebook.

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