Rachel's Army is Licking Leukemia

For: Rachel Buckner
Organizer: Rachel's Army
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 22 donors
15% Complete

The Story

Rachel has moved into the Long Term Maintenance phase of treatement for her leukemia.  This means fewer hospital and doctor visits but additional support services.  In addition to her once a month clinic visits for chemo, Rachel also sees specialists for psychological and physical therapy as was as gastro-intestinal and ear, nose and throat doctors to help her with side effects from treatment.  Your support in helping us cover the costs of these expenses is greatly appreciated.

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One day your child is energetic and eating her weight in pizza, and the next day she barely wants a few bites and needs a couple of naps. It can happen that fast. Leukemia can sneak into your family’s life quietly and aggressively. Our daughter went from Girl Scout summer camp to the children's hospital in less than a day. There is no way to describe the emotions a parent experiences and trying to understand what is going through a 9 year old mind is anyone’s guess.

Rachel is a sweet little girl who has been diagnosed with ALL type Leukemia and while she has been given this horrible diagnosis, her sprit shines through. Her smile hasn't changed and the twinkle in her eye hasn't lessened, especially if she's telling a joke. Caroline, her older sister, still loves to tickle her, her friends still make her giggle and stuffed animals and books are still her favorite toys.

After 3 months of painful treatment, Rachel is still facing another 30 months or more of chemotherapy, spinal taps and muscle weakness. With already more than $200,000 in medical bills accumulated for hospital stays, chemotherapy, oncologists, ct scans, mris, prescriptions, medical supplies, etc., even this working family with insurance finds themselves financially stressed.

We live in a very supportive community. So many people have already provided meals, dropped off gifts and sent messages of support. Every act of generosity is appreciated. They all make a difference. Each one reminds us of the love and caring being sent to them. From the bottom of our hearts.....thank YOU for caring.  All donations help.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Rachel's Army
Rachel ran laps in PE yesterday.  I can't begin to tell you how happy that simple little thing has made me.    In a year when we had to get temporary disabled parking tags and became the owners of a wheelchair, it is the best Christmas present ever.  Sometimes I'm afraid to think about her future, just as much when she's doing well as when she's not, because we've seen so many others battle long term complications, unanticipated side effects and relapse.  But for now, for this beautiful holiday season, I will do my very best to relish the joy and delight of both of our bright and beautiful girls.

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Rachel's Army
Rachel has finished 13 months of treatment!  13 months to go and we can say goodbye to chemo and steroids!  Summer was terrific and we are settling back into the school routine.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Rachel's Army
Rachel is going to get a dream room makeover from the fabulous people at Sunshine on a Ranney Day!  To see more, visit http://www.sunshineonaranneyday.com/rachel-buckner-22014.html

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Rachel's Army
Rachel's immune system is bottomed out from chemo.  That's where she should be right now, but it does make a parent nervous.  Hopefully we are at her lowest point in treatment and from here on it things will only improve!

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Rachel's Army
Steroids are awful.  The past week has been as terrible as the week Rachel was diagnosed.  We are all exhausted and cranky.  Two more doses to go.  I hope they do their job and keep this disease from coming back!!

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Rachel's Army
Rachel was part of a segment pn 11Alive this week.  She LOVES the song Liam and Gabe wrote for her and says it makes her feel special that they wrote a song to God for her.


Posted on November 13, 2013 by Rachel's Army
The Facts About Childhood Cancers:
  • 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they're 20 years old.
  • There are 12 major types of pediatric cancer, each as unique as the child fighting it.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget goes towards pediatric cancers.
  • 2/3 of survivors develop long-term effects, including secondary cancers, a result of treatments that first cured them.

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Rachel's Army
https://www.facebook.com/aflaccancercenterRachel made the cover of the hospital's Facebook page!!

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