“Cynthia was diagnosed with leukemia on her 18th birthday”
Turning 18 is supposed to represent a huge milestone in the lives of young adults, but for Cynthia, it only brought fear and despair. The day before her birthday, Cynthia was diagnosed with acute myeloid (AML) leukemia, a dangerous and life-threatening condition characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow. Without treatment, AML spreads rapidly throughout the body and can quickly be fatal.
Cynthia’s troubles started in January 2013 when she began experiencing cold symptoms with skin irritation that quickly became severe. By April of that year, she was unable to eat, lost a dramatic amount of weight, and suffered from constant dizziness, fatigue and loss of breath. The day before her 18th birthday, Cynthia was diagnosed with acute myeloid (AML) leukemia, a dangerous and life-threatening condition characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow
Once she was diagnosed, Cynthia began chemotherapy treatments immediately. She remained in the hospital for a harrowing five months undergoing treatments for her AML and battling infections caused by her numerous surgeries. While suffering through her chemo treatments, Cynthia endured picc lines, skin grafts, spinal taps, and bone marrow biopsies. Since July of 2013, she has been considered in remission.
For her wish, Cynthia was granted an amazing shopping spree at Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago. Like a typical teenager, Cynthia loves shopping and wouldn’t wait to shop until she dropped during her wish.
On behalf of Cynthia, we’d like to thank all the generous sponsors who helped make her dream come true: Water Tower Place, the Drake Hotel, Navy Pier, Coal Fire Pizza and the Cheesecake Factory.
Cynthia is still in remission and is looking forward to attending college. She still gets scans every six months as her cancer could return.