- From Destiny's support team,
Please help us support Destiny in her time of need. She has been diagnosed
with Cancer, specifically Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stage III-A. She will be
starting a four month Chemotherapy protocol shortly before the 2013-2014
school year. Her family has to drive 30miles into Des Moines for
treatment. She is trying to be brave, but it's a scary process. Anything you can
do to help us support her during this time is greatly appreciated.
Thank you again!- From her team and family.“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
- William Shakespeare“There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them.Sometimes they gust with the fury of a hurricane, sometimes theybarely fan one’s cheek. But the winds cannot be denied, bringingas they often do a future that is impossible to ignore.”-
Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle - Some background about Destiny.
Destiny is a 16 year old girl, who attends Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School. She will
a sophmore in the fall. At the end of the 2013 school year, she noticed a small bump above her right collarbone. At the time, it was the size of a marble. The doctors treated her for strep-throat with antibiotics. During the course of treatment the lump went down to about half the size. Afterwards, it started to grow again, eventually reaching the size of an egg. During this time she was seen by several doctors and eventually sent to see an ENT. This doctor did a ct-guided biopsy, as all of her blood tests were coming back normal. On July 24th her family received the news, it was lymphoma. A form of cancer that forms when the white bloodcells don't die off and turn cancerous, then begin to multiply. It affects the lymph nodes most commonly in the neck area first, then spreads to other parts of the body. Right now it has spread into her chest and near her liver.*From the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website
- Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
- In 2007, 1.2 in 100,000 young people under age 20 were diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma
- Older children and adolescents are more commonly diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma than younger children.
- In 2010, children younger than 15 years will make up more than 3.8 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for 7.2 percent of all childhood cancers.