In February 2020, Meghan was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia pre-B. When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic a month later, Susan and Mark Haggas decided to keep both Meghan and her brother Ryan home for online learning. It was just too risky.
Where do I even begin? CANCER – it knocked the wind right out of me! My sweet baby boy forced to battle something so early on in his precious life seemed so unfair. But there we were and battle it we did.
“There is news that you never expect to hear. You see and you hear stories about people with Cancer, but you never expect it to happen to someone you love, let alone your child.” – Sergio Urbina, Melanie’s father My daughter Melanie was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) on April 17, 2019. She was 11 years […]
“I’m very glad I did it. It was absolutely amazing.” – Jo Pricca If you ask Jo Pricca how cancer changed her life, you might be surprised by her answer. Having high-risk leukemia as a teenager sucks. For Jo, it meant nearly four years of harsh treatments, missing school, missing friends, losing hair, gaining weight, and losing confidence. Thanks […]
“The pathology results have come back from the tissue we removed during your surgery and, I’m so sorry, but it has come back as malignant. I have been in contact with the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, and they are expecting you tonight or tomorrow morning to start talking about your treatment protocol and to start testing…” […]
After 2 years of living with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, with more than 200 rounds of chemotherapy, and 700 days of isolation, 7-year-old Lochlan is in grade 3 but struggling to read at a grade 1 level. He is one of many courageous childhood cancer survivors who face complex, long-term late effects from the treatments that saved their lives. Sometimes the treatment […]