Written by Maeve’s mother.
On May 22, 2018, our world was rocked. Our 6 year old daughter, Maeve, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after a week of fevers and pallor.
At the time, Maeve was a runner and new to TaeKwon Do. She is a vibrant child with a velocity of charm. During the first month of treatment at our hospital an hour and a half away, Maeve gained half of her body weight from steroid induced diabetes. We were all devastated and terrified.
Treatment is intense, long and financially draining. As Maeve struggled with mobility issues and pain, we went to one income. Chemotherapy for children is painful, and yet Maeve kept her smile throughout the darkest hours. We would spend so much of her childhood in our car traveling to treatment multiple times a week. Any fever or complication meant an ER visit even through Syracuse winter nights. She developed a lung infection that hung in for 6 months and required nebulizers and chest percussions multiple times a day.
Her older brother, Rowan, became her rock and her sole playmate while she missed school. Horse riding has been a therapeutic godsend for Maeve and she was adopted by the Cornell University Equestrian Team. Her 30 big sisters and a stable full of ponies to feed and ride are a great source of love. She’s hopeful to be back at school in the fall and show off her long locks.
Maeve ends treatment on July 30, 2020. She wants to grow up to be a scientist and an artist but may have an interim career in fashion involving cheetah prints.
Hearts of Hope Network is here to help Maeve’s family. Because of generous donations and support, we have sent Tony’s Hugs packages to each member of this family and are here to help throughout their journey.
Maeve’s family is also fundraising on their own. While we are here to help, the cost of caring for a critically ill child can be very extreme. Many times, their parents have to take off work or quit working to care for their child. We thank you for supporting Hearts of Hope Network through donations, and if you would like to help support this family even further, please consider following their support links below.
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