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Welcome to Cara's CaringBridge website.  We've created these pages to keep our friends and family updated about Cara's condition and to have a space where messages can be posted.  If you are reading this, you know that Cara has leukemia.  And we know that you are pulling for her! How we got here is in the section called My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, view the photo gallery, and write a note in the guestbook.



Cara Ryan Collins is 7 years, 10 months old.  She has a twin sister, Tessa Quinn, and a brother, Aidan (MAC to us, since is first name is actually Michael).   Cara is a first grader at Roland Park Elementary and Middle School.  Cara also has Down Syndrome, and is a survivor of open heart surgery, which she had performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital when she was 4 months old. Cara has lots of friends and family.

A few weeks ago, Cara began complaining that it hurt to walk. After a few doctor visits, additional emerging symptoms (red dots all over her chest), and a blood test that revealed an extremely low platelet count, Cara underwent a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap, which confirmed a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ALL is the most common type of leukemia among children and the most treatable.

Good thing she is a fighter!

Cara is enrolled in a Phase III clinical trial at Sinai Hospital. The treatment regime is lengthy -- roughly 3 years -- and there are 5 phases. The vast majority of Cara's treatment will be outpatient, in our home or at the Sinai Clinic.

Please read our journal to keep up with us!

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Diane Collins posted a new journal entry.

825 days ago Cara was diagnosed with cancer.  Since then she has had more than 1000 doses of chemotherapy.  Tonight she had her dose on top of a strawberry cupcake, ... Lea más

Aline Hauber signed Cara's Guestbook.

Wow, how exciting!!! Happy, Happy 10th Birthday, Cara!!! We are thinking of you and hope to see you this fall!!!! Much love, The Hauber's Lea más

Diane Collins posted a new journal entry.

825 days ago Cara was diagnosed with cancer.  Since then she has had more than 1000 doses of chemotherapy.  Tonight she had her dose on top of a strawberry cupcake, ... Lea más

Stasia Reynolds signed Cara's Guestbook.

It is GREAT to hear about the fun summer that you are having (excepting, of course, the trips to the doctor's offices). Happy. happy birthday, Cara! Looking forward to ... Lea más

Vicki Aefsky signed Cara's Guestbook.

Cara, we have not met, but, I am one of Mimi's friends and she often shows me pictures of you and tells me so many cute stories about you. I hope you had a very special ... Lea más

Laura McFarland-Bukalski signed Cara's Guestbook.

I was just thinking about you all!!!!  And, we are so sorry we missed the birthday - we did think about you - as we do alot!  Your swimming escapades are fab!  We ... Lea más

Bruce Manger signed Cara's Guestbook.

Hi Cara Happy, a little bit late, birthday. Wow, 10 already. I will always remember you in kindergarten, much younger then!! The bike sounds great. Have a nice rest of ... Lea más

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