My Story

Part 1:
On February 27, 2007 Erin had to check in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  

Part 2:
On February 10, 2011 Erin came to the Irish with her new little sister expecting a clean bill of health for her regular check up. Her cancer returned.

Part 3: After her successful bone marrow transplant using her baby sister's cord blood, Erin's cancer has returned for the third time.


Erin was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on February 27, 2007 when she was just a little over 3. She went through 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. On June 28, 2009 she had what was thought to be her last dose of chemo. 
She was clear for 19 months during which time she and her big sister, Annie, became a big sister to little Mary. Mary came as a surprise and we found out there was more to her than just adding to our family.
On February 10, 2011 we found out that Erin's cancer returned. Thanks to the advice of Dr. Jeff Auletta we had saved Mary's cord blood. We found out that even though the chances were so slim, Mary was Erin's perfect match for her necessary bone marrow transplant.
From February 10th through early June Erin went through intense chemotherapy and total body radiation. On June 7, 2011, she received her sister's cord blood in her bone marrow transplant. She was released to go home on July 30th and had been recovering beautifully until March 2, 2012.
Erin had another routine checkup that discovered once again the return of her leukemia. 
Now she begins her battle for the third time with her same relentless spirit and faith in success


Jeni Potter posted a new journal entry, "Check up time in Columbus".

August 7th - Tomorrow bright and early Erin and I will be heading down to Columbus to visit the great Dr. Auletta.  It has been a little over a month since we have seen ... Read more

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Jeni Potter posted a new journal entry, "Keira".

July 23rd - A sweet little angel found her way to heaven yesterday.  It is heartbreaking to know that the Kilbane family has to feel so much sadness and pain.  But the ... Read more

Jeni Potter posted a new journal entry, "Beautiful Counts".

July 18th - Part 2 -Beautiful counts for the 2 year anniversary.  Cannot thank God enough. We are truly blessed.Thanks to all of you for your continued thoughts and ... Read more

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Jeni Potter posted a new journal entry, "2 Years".

July 18th - This morning we wake up and get ready to head down to RB&C for Erin's checkup.  It is a special day.  Our journal entry from 2 years ago:July 18th – ... Read more

Jeni Potter added a new photo.

Jeni Potter added a new photo.

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