In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), white blood cells, produced in bone marrow, are abnormal and do not become healthy cells. These abnormal cells crowd out the normal ones, so the patient’s body has a harder time fighting off infection.
Only about 500 children are found to have AML in the U.S. each year. (It is much more common in adults.) However, it is the most common second cancer among children treated for other cancers.
In 2012, family friends worked together to create a fundraising event that would honor Samantha and show her how much she was loved and supported by so many in our community. Samantha was involved in some of the planning, and she decided she wanted any funds raised to go towards leukemia research so that “other kids don’t get sick”.
To date (2017) we have raised nearly $100,000 to support pediatric leukemia research at Cook Children’s Hospital, where Samantha received her treatment. Cook Children’s is actively collaborating with several nationally known organizations and hospitals in the fight to find a cure, while providing excellent care for children.
For more information on the efforts underway at Cook Children’s hospital, follow this link.