Kelsey Can! Join us in her fight to conquer AML - Leukemia

For: Chris & Lisa Berger
Wappingers Falls, NY
Organizer: Aunts & Uncles
Kelsey Can! Join us in her fight to conquer AML - Leukemia (Chris & Lisa Berger)
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The Story

Please help support 5-year-old Kelsey Berger who was diagnosed with AML, an aggressive form of childhood leukemia, on Feb 2, 2017. Kelsey is currently undergoing 9 long months of inpatient chemotherapy at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. All donations will go directly to the Berger family to assist with uninsured medical expenses, daily travel expenses, childcare for Kelsey’s younger brother, and to allow the Berger family to focus all their energy on Kelsey’s immediate care.


Kelsey’s Story

Kelsey Berger is a spirited 5-year-old with a contagious smile and vivid imagination. She loves anything Disney and Trolls, and also has a longing to learn. Kelsey has the ability to leave a lasting impression on anyone that she meets.

Kelsey’s parents noticed a rash on her chest and back and brought her to the doctor. After tests came back negative for strep throat and mono, Kelsey was told she has a virus. Over the next 10 days, the rash didn’t go away and her concerned parents made another 3 visits to different pediatricians. All resulted in the same outcome; a virus. Without any other symptoms, the doctors recommended against blood work or a trip to the ER, but Kelsey’s parents knew something wasn’t right.

She attended Kindergarten the next morning, but not for long, as the nurse called Kelsey’s mother suggesting she had Scarlet Fever. Although Kelsey did not have strep throat or a fever, her mother picked her up and took it upon herself to bring her to the ER for additional blood work. When the results returned, it was clear that something was seriously wrong. Kelsey was immediately transferred by ambulance to the nearest children’s hospital where she was admitted. It was here that she and her family found that their lives were forever changed, as Kelsey was diagnosed with cancer.

On February 2, 2017, Kelsey was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is a rare type of Leukemia affecting about 500 children each year. It is an ugly disease with an uncertain outcome. This diagnosis has shattered Kelsey’s family and has devastated them to the point of disbelief. Because this type of cancer is aggressive, so too is her treatment. Kelsey is just beginning a long, nine-month journey at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. where she has already begun receiving intense chemotherapy treatments around the clock. Her tiny body has endured surgeries and blood transfusions, in addition to battling fever, nausea, pain and fatigue in a constant fight for her life. She will soon lose her hair, eyebrows and lashes, which is difficult for her to understand. She must wear a mask any time she leaves her hospital room as the very medicine fighting her cancer, is also depleting her ever-weakening immune system. She faces years of intensive and invasive treatment, and essentially a lifetime risk of relapse. Kelsey also has a two-year-old brother who misses his “sissy” and has to adjust to a life of not being with her every day. Her childhood has been stolen from her and her future is now filled with unimaginable uncertainty. She has a challenging road ahead of her but she is not scared of the path. She has taken all of our hands, and we will all walk alongside her until she reaches her very own fairy tale ending.

Please help Kelsey and her family battle this ruthless disease together and ease the burden of everyday expenses. All donations will go directly to the Berger family to assist with uninsured medical expenses, family and household expenses, and travel needs. Thank you all for helping heal the hearts of our family and for showing our little princess that in the end; kindness, love, and family always prevail.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 13, 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017

7/12/17
Day +71

We want to thank everyone for their prayers and messages of support. Unfortunately, after sitting in the ER for more than 8 hours while waiting to be admitted, we were told Kelsey will not be on tomorrow’s surgery schedule and we were sent home. It was a long day and in the end, we were happy to bring Kelsey home with us. Tomorrow is an outpatient day, so we’ll discuss surgery options then.

Thanks again for all your love and support and for keeping Kelsey in your prayers!

Chris & Lisa

Posted on July 11, 2017

Posted on July 11, 2017

7/10/17
Day +69

We are absolutely thrilled to share the news with you that Kelsey's test results came back and there's no evidence of leukemia in her bone marrow or central nervous system!! She of course has a long way to go, but this is another step in the right direction for our miracle! Thank you so much for all your prayers. They’re truly guiding her through this difficult journey! Her next bone marrow test is scheduled for around Day +100, which is about a month from now.

In some not so great news, Kelsey did not have her surgery to place a new central line last week. This unfortunately means that she will need to have the surgery this week as an inpatient. The plan is for her to be admitted to the hospital on Wednesday so she can undergo a series of tests before the surgery, which as of now, will be this Thursday. Depending on how everything goes, she should be able to come home by the weekend. Please continue to keep her in your prayers, especially Thursday as this will be a tough surgery for her.

We can't thank you enough for all your thoughts, blessings and prayers. Your love and support gives her so much HOPE!!

With love,
Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

Posted on July 5, 2017

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Posted on July 5, 2017

7/4/17
Day +63

Kelsey has adjusted well to being home. She and her brother absolutely love being together and it’s been great to have family time again!! Having Kelsey home has been an adjustment for us as well, albeit one that we are happy to take on. We have gotten accustomed to setting timers to administer medications throughout the day and night, flushing out her broviac lines, hooking her up to a portable IV and administering daily shots. We continue to go to the hospital 2 or 3 days a week and the nurses and doctors have been great in giving us guidance.

Please keep Kelsey in your prayers tonight. She has two surgeries tomorrow morning. The first is her planned Day +60 bone marrow biopsy, testing to make sure there isn't any minimal residual disease (cancer in her bone marrow). We expect these results next week and we’ll share them with you as soon as we receive them.

In addition, She recently developed a clot in the tubing of one of her broviac lines. Unfortunately, Kelsey now needs surgery to place a new central line. This is a much more invasive surgery because they will be placing lines in her arteries that go directly to her heart.

We have had a rough time with her broviac lines to date. Most patients need 1 maybe 2 lines placed and they often last for years. This will be Kelsey’s 4th in just over 5 months. Please say a special prayer that her surgeries go well and that she remains cancer free!!

Thank you for all your love and support. Please know that although we may not respond to everyone in a timely fashion, we do read all your comments, texts and e-mails and they give us hope and strength. We are so appreciative of everything that has been done for Kelsey and our family!

Many thanks,
Lisa & Chris

#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

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