Kallie was diagnosed with ALL in January of 2007, just one month shy of her 11th birthday. Her case was unusual in that her cancer appeared as a small lump under the skin inbetween her eyebrows. Before Christmas of 2006 she underwent plastic surgery to remove the lump and it was sent for pathology. Because this type of presentation is so rare it took three weeks to get presumptive results back and then it was thought to be a lymphoma, only after her bone marrow biopsy was it determined to be ALL.
Kallie underwent treatment at Children’s Hospital including spending time as in inpatient due to fevers and once for a surprise appendectomy. Throughout her treatment Kallie handled everything with a strong sense of grace. Her hair-loss simply gave her an excuse to expand the wig and hat portions of her wardrobe.
Kallie completed treatment in 2009 and has been sailing through all of her check-ups event-free. She is now a happy 15 year old entering a time in her life her parents are even more scared of….driving.
Kallie is enjoying high-school but looking forward to getting out on her own and enjoying college where she plans to major in film and creative arts. Kallie’s favorite part of the miracle party is walking the gold carpet which she sees as a dress rehersal for her future life when she plans to be walking a red carpet on her way to win awards for directing.