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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


June 13, 2015 - 
Erin did great through her surgery on Monday. Her tubes are out, and now (after waiting for a scab to prove she was healing) she is IN THE POOL!

Swimming....all winter long she dreamed of being able to swim this summer. And now she is.

Success indeed.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Please continue so she continues.

Lots of love,
Kevin, Jeni, Annie, Erin, Mary and Mae

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6 Comentarios

lisa greene
By Lisa Greene
Happy Summer Erin!!
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Kimberly Carter
By Kim Carter
So happy things are going well for Erin and the family. I pray it continues to only get better for all of you. Congrats on the new baby too.
nancy coyne
By nancy coyne
What wonderful news!!! Have a beautiful summer with lots of smiles!!!
Jane Ralser
By Jane Ralser
Hooray for S's! Surgery, Scab- check! And now onto Swimming and the best of all....SUMMER!!! Oh and lets not forget SISTERS!!! Enjoy every blessed and fun, Fun, FUN minute of it all!!! As it should be!!!
Judi Wayner
By Judi Wayner
Oh so wonderful!!! What a feeling! God Bless Erin! Enjoy the summer!!!
Kathlene McDonough
By Kathy McDonough
Wonderful news! Happy summer swimming Erin. May God bless the Potter family with a happy, healthy and joyful summer!
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