Bekah is a theatre innovator, barista, educator, and a lot of fun. She teaches children theatre at the North Shore Y. On the night of a final dress rehearsal the end of May 2013, feeling sick and not knowing what lay ahead, was brought to the Beverly emergency room. She was diagnosed with leukemia, transported to Brigham & Womens (BWH) in Boston, and they quickly started her first round of chemotherapy. Despite the circumstances Bekah named her IV machine and soaked in the beauty of the world during brief escapes from her hospital room to the courtyard outside BWH. Bekah's spirit, laughter, and joy is unstoppable and contagious even in the midst of it all!
Bekah was re-admitted to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in August for intense remission induction chemotherapy (prep for a Stem Cell Transplant (SCT)) and spent the entire month in the hospital. Then after only 2 weeks off, Bekah was readmitted in September for the bone marrow transplant/stem cell transplant (BMT/SCT) starting with intense chemotherapy to completely destroy her existing rogue immune system and prepare her for the life-saving tranplant, which took place on September 26th. The first 100 days were critical while her new immune system set up. Her new stem cells were from an anonymous donor (read Bekah's blog as of May 2014: http://spaceshipcoupe.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-240-one-year-and-letter.html).
Bekah has lived in a bubble of sorts for the past 9 months with weekly check-ups and monitoring at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She will not be able to work or visit public places for the first year, possibly longer.
Bekah's wonderful sister, Marie, willingly gave a year out of her college life to be her caregiver. We are so very, very thankful for Marie's love and know what a life giving sacrifice it is and how very hard it is to be a caregiver (untrained but completely willing and strong). Marie is an amazing young lady.
Every penny of funds raised will go toward supporting Bekah throughout this battle - housing, food, travel to/from hospital, and medical bills and supplies. The goal is for us to keep financial stress as far away from Bekah as possible until she is able to rejoin the world and start a new chapter.