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 November 4, 2017

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Posted on November 4, 2017

11/3/17
Day +186

We received Kelsey’s disease evaluation results and we’re completely overjoyed to share with you that there’s no evidence of minimal residual disease in her marrow!! This means that Kelsey has been cancer free for 6 months post transplant!

Her immune system is not strong enough to allow her the opportunity to play with others, or be near crowds of people and she still needs to wear a mask when going outside the house, but we’re so pleased to keep moving forward in this long and difficult journey. Kelsey’s next scheduled bone marrow biopsy will be in about 3 months from now.

Thank you so much for the positive thoughts and for the many prayers being sent! We’ll be forever grateful.

With many thanks,
Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

Posted on October 25, 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017

10/24/17
Day +176

After 4 weeks, Kelsey has stopped the additional medications and fluids that she was on to treat her atypical bacterial infection. She has been in good spirits and is enjoying being home with her brother. We have finally seen an increase in her appetite and she is gaining weight.

Tomorrow morning, we are heading down to the hospital for her 6 month (post transplant) bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture. We’re praying that Kelsey remains disease free! It takes about a week for all of the testing results to come in, but we will provide an update once we have any new information.

As always, thank you for all the love and support that is continuously given to Kelsey!

Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders

Posted on October 2, 2017

Posted on October 2, 2017

10/1/17
Day +153

We have some good news to share! After almost 3 weeks in the hospital, Kelsey was able to go home this past Wednesday, which was just in time for her 6th birthday! We are thrilled to report that Kelsey’s repeat CT scan showed improvement! The doctors are not 100% sure what type of infection Kelsey has, but it is consistent with pneumonia. She is currently being treated for an “atypical bacterial infection.” She still has a cough, but it is minimal at this point. For the time being,
Kelsey will continue her treatment at the outpatient clinic two days a week and we are hoping the doctors will wean her off some of the new medications once her cough goes away.

Kelsey’s 6 month bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture will be scheduled in about a month from now and although we realize she has a long way to go, Kelsey is in good spirits and we’re very fortunate to have her home. We can’t thank you enough for all the support we have received over the past 8 months. Kelsey especially wants to thank those who recently thought of her on her birthday. Every card and message was read and it brightened up her day!

Thanks again for all your love and prayers,

Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders

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