Quinn in gray, Reese in pink
March 2018, Quinn, Claire, and Reese
May 2, 2018
July 2018
August 2019

Reese & Quinn

Meet Reese and her identical twin sister, Quinn. Two years ago they were happy, healthy 3-year-old girls with a little sister, Claire. Their biggest problems were that no one could tell them apart, and they couldn’t decide which they preferred… ballet or gymnastics. This all changed when Reese was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood leukemia, called JMML. She “drew the wrong straw”, a spontaneous mutation that could happen to anyone. And it happened to her. The only cure for this cancer was a dangerous bone marrow transplant, and the place to go was UCSF, The University of California San Francisco. Reese and her family lived in Illinois, so they moved to San Francisco in April of 2018, and remained there for almost a year. A bone marrow transplant has been described as one of the most painful things a human can survive. And survive, she did. This brave girl had her transplant on May 2, 2018, and fought through transplant related complication after complication. She remained in the isolation unit in the hospital for 8 months straight, with her twin sister Quinn at her side all the while. She was finally released to a Family House on campus on December 20, 2018. She stayed there for treatment until March 21, 2019, when she was released to go back to Illinois, and her family returned home with her. Now that Reese is home, in remission, and getting stronger everyday, she is thinking about how SHE can give back and her loyal sister is still right by her side.

Faith

“Mommy, does God help the doctors who make the medicines?”

At the exact moment Reese’s transplant was completed, a rainbow moved across her body.  She knew He was with her, she was never alone. This was a big moment in Reese’s recovery, the life saving cells were in, her future was turning a corner. But long before this, Reese knew God and the power of rainbows.

Reese’s incredible faith helped to carry her through this insurmountable journey. It is this same faith that we call upon as Reese and our family do our best to help the next in line. By the grace of God, and the miracle of medicine, my sweet girl is healed, and she is here because she is meant to be here, I know she will do great things.

Reese is giving back and leading the charge with her sisters, the best way they can. Making lemonade out of lemons.

Lemonade 4 Leukemia

During the month of August, we raised $20,007 for childhood cancer research at UCSF! Please follow the link below to learn more about this effort:

https://lemonade4leukemia.com/

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