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Erin’s 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

Latest Journal Update

2.10.2015 - A Happy Memory

February 10, 2015

Today was a good day…a very good day.  

Erin, Mary and I headed to Columbus to see Dr. Auletta and had a fabulous visit.  Her counts look great and he was VERY happy with her progress - both her skin's appearance and how her physical abilities have improved.  

We talked about the plan going forward and it is now confirmed that she will be going down to RB&C once a week for her ECP therapy.  It sounds like traveling to the hospital once a week will be happening for a while longer than we had planned, so we are working on a few details to make that work the best it can.  Going down for therapy so often is not the most ideal situation, HOWEVER it is MUCH better than the way things could be.  We know that.  Dealing with cGvHD is far better than dealing with leukemia.  We will take it.  Especially when the therapy is helping Erin so much.  Plus, overall it is a step forward since she will only be going once a week instead of twice every week.  And (of course) getting off of the steroids is a HUGE winner.  

We are very happy tonight.  And as I walked into our house and turned on a light in our living room, I thought about 4 years ago.  We were not walking into the house all together and happy.  But tonight we are.  And as Annie is practicing her ballet at dance class right now, Erin and Mary are fooling around, playing and laughing.

LIfe is good.

Lots of love and thanks to you all.  We felt your support all day.