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

For: Chris & Lisa Berger
Wappingers Falls, NY
Organizer: Aunts & Uncles
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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 May 19, 2017

Posted on May 19, 2017

5/18/17

Today is Kelsey’s 107th day in the hospital and more importantly, Day 16 post-transplant. The doctors have been very pleased with Kelsey’s progress since her transplant. She’s experienced some nausea and vomiting that resulted in having to replace her feeding tube numerous times and there was an initial concern with her positive urine output, because she is at high risk for VOD (Veno-occlusive disease). Thankfully, a recent ultrasound of her liver showed that everything is normal to date!

We realize Kelsey has a long way to go, but she’s doing as well as she possibly can be to this point. Please continue to keep her in your prayers as we wait and hope for engraftment!

Thanks to all Kelsey’s Krusaders and friends for joining and supporting her through this journey. You truly make a difference and give her the hope and strength she needs to beat cancer for good!

Thanks again for all your love, prayers and support!

Chris & Lisa
#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

Posted on May 3, 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017

5/2/17

Thank you for all of the thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement being offered for Kelsey today. They certainly helped on a very nerve wracking day!!

Kelsey’s doctors said she did as well as she possibly could have during her transplant! While we were ecstatic that she did not have any initial reactions during the infusion of her new stem cells, we know that she will need to be very closely monitored in the upcoming months as she is at great risk for infection and disease until her immune system recovers.

Please continue to pray for Kelsey that she doesn't develop a severe infection, that she becomes fully engrafted (can take up to 45 days) and that her cancer stays away for good!!!

I know we sound like a broken record, but we so appreciate everything that has been done for Kelsey. We couldn't have made it this far without your support. Your kind words and prayers truly make a difference!

Please see the links below if you would like to read more on Kelsey’s procedure today and what she faces in the next 30 days. Thanks again for all your support!

Transplant Day
https://bethematch.org/for-patients-and-families/getting-a-transplant/transplant-day/

Engraftment Days 0-30
https://bethematch.org/for-patients-and-families/getting-a-transplant/engraftment--days-0-30/


Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

Posted on May 2, 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017

Hi everyone!

Please say a special prayer for Kelsey as tomorrow, May 2nd, is her bone marrow transplant. As you know, recovery from this procedure takes about a year and comes with many life altering/ threatening risks. Pray that her body fully accepts the new cells as her own (engraftment) and that they reproduce without toxicities and minimum residual disease (leukemic cells remaining from Kelsey’s old bone marrow).

A successful transplant is the miracle we need to cure Kelsey for good! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Each one helps!!

With love,
Chris & Lisa

#kelseyskrusaders #kelseycan

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