Team Delaney

For: Delaney Newton
Organizer: Travis Newton - Uncle
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The Story

TEAM DELANEY Quote:  "And though she be but Little, she is FIERCE!"  Shakespeare

On September 10th 2013 Delaney Newton was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Just two days later on September 12th she endured a 12 hour brain surgery by a team of 12 doctors and nurses at Oakland's Kaiser Hospital.  The doctors were able to remove the entire tumor mass in the lower back part of her brain.  The subsequent pathology report revealed that tumor is indeed cancerous.  In just a few short days around Oct 1st she will start chemotherapy that is expected to last at least 1 year.   

Delaney and her parents have been living in the hospital for over three weeks now.  This fundraiser is to help Delaney and her parents manage the unexpected expenses that they will incur while she is undergoing chemotherapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation as she goes between Kaiser Oakland Hospital and UCSF. 

We apprecaite any support you can give to help us with our sweet little Delaney!  No amount is too small or too big, and everything will be put to extrememly good use.  

Uncle Travis Newton - Organizer

Delaney's Family:

Delaney is a Livermore, CA resident just like her parents who grew up there, call Livermore their home, community, and workplace.  She has a younger brother Merlin who just turned 1 that day she was admitted to the hospital...we call him Mini Merlin.  Merlin the father is firefighter for LPFD, which has been offering so much support during this time for their family.  Janice the mother will be taking a leave of absence from her work this next year or more to help with the ongoing care and treatment for Delaney.  There is nothing like a mothers love for a little girl going though so much.  Both Merlin and Janice continue to be by her side 24 hours a day as we fight this battle.        

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
1 year ago today and a new birthday ....
The picture is painful to view, and brings back a flood of bad memories. However, the picture also shows a Fierce Fighter, and tells a story of pain, struggle, strength, determination, and love. Exactly 1 year ago today, Delaney received her first autologous bone marrow transplant. On this day Delaney received her own stem cells back that were taken from her by a apheresis machine, and preserved. After each bone marrow transplant those very stem cells were given back to Delaney, to "rescue" herself, earning another birthday. The chemotherapy she received was too much for the body of a child. And with the tradition of a bone marrow transplant, Mommy and Daddy softly sang happy birthday to Delaney while she lay in the hospital bed. Delaney has come so far in just one year, and again the most recent picture speaks for it's self. We are thankful beyond words. Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support. As always...... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

Happy Birthday Delaney, we love you.

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
Delaney is doing wonderful.  

No matter what challenges Delaney faces daily, she continues to make progress in all areas of her young life. Yesterday, Delaney had a doctors appointment with her pediatrician, for a thorough exam and to receive her 2nd flu shot. Thankfully her T-Cells are functioning well enough for her to receive her 1st flu shot 30 days ago, and the 2nd yesterday. Delaney's immune system is very fragile and must be treated as though she is a newborn. Delaney's weight is on track and has leveled at around 30 1/2 lbs. range, she is in the 50th percentile for her weight. She in trying more foods and had 1/2 of a hot dog the other day, a big step for her. As for Delaney's motor skills, she, for the most part is walking unassisted through out the house, playing with her brothers, but Mommy and Daddy can see the pride beaming from her face when she gets things out of the refrigerator, or throws trash away, it is the independence she feels, having been dependent for so long. Delaney is making brief trips out of the house, going to the pumpkin patch, walking downtown, and visiting Daddy at work. Most importantly we are able to spend time as a family, doing little things together. We can not be thankful enough for everyone's support, that being said, thank you, for all of the continued support, love, and prayers for our daughter Delaney, they are truly appreciated. As always..... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
It has been been a solid 2 weeks since Mommy and Daddy have been able to do a complete and thorough update on Delaney. First off Mommy and Daddy are thrilled to say that Delaney is happy, laughing, full of love and over all, is doing great! A full 8 weeks have passed since Delaney's feeding tube was removed, (after being placed for a year) and now is starting to become a bad memory for all of us. Delaney's last weight check was on Friday, September 26th. She weighs 30lbs. 9oz. Up 3oz from her lowest weight (30lbs. 6oz.). We are optimistic, hoping, and praying that her weight has stabilized and will now finally begin trending upward, gaining weight. She will be weighed again on Friday. This last week Delaney has reached 1000 calories per day, her primary source of nutrition remains puréed foods, milk, and a few solid foods. Physically, Delaney is making progress after she lost the ability to walk over a year ago, Mommy and Daddy are able to watch Delaney walk small distances through out the house unassisted, such a beautiful thing to watch. As a family we try to regain or adapt to our "new normal" but there are many challenges still faced each day due to Delaney's brain operation, chemotherapy and radiation. As hard and challenging as the days are, we are blessed and thankful for Delaney's prognosis, progress, and the ability to regain her physical abilities and health. It is what she gave up during treatment, in order to become healthy again. We as a family are grateful to each and every one of you, beyond words, for the support and love you have given Delaney. Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support. As always ..... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
365 Days of Fierce, and Counting!

Exactly 1 year ago today Delaney was admitted to the hospital and her FIERCE Fight began. Just a few days later Delaney would endure a 12 hour successful brain surgery followed by an aggressive treatmentplan that included 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 28 days of focal radiation, MRIs, blood transfusions, stem cells, and so much more that no child should ever have to experience. As challenging and hard as it was for Delaney, she is now, as of today, 98 days Cancer Free!

We could not have done it without the support of family, friends, strangers now friends, communities around the country, businesses, nonprofits, co-workers, fundraisers, doctors, nurses, 4,500 plus Fierce Friday shirts, and of course the countless prayers and support we continue to see for Delaney. We are truly blessed to have our daughter surrounded by so many loving and caring people. 

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on August 3, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
Enjoying Life.....

Delaney has been enjoying the simple things in life. Little things she has not been able to enjoy for the past 10 months and 23 days. Delaney has been able to take a handful of baths which she loves doing, at the same time Mommy and Daddy can see the look on her face, and it is as though she is playing in water for the first time again. All week long, little miss fierce, Mommy, and Daddy have been working hard on her feeding therapy, removing some of her formula through out the day in order to make her hungry. Then begins the work to try and get Delaney to eat or drink food on her own. She is doing well, Mommy and Daddy have been able to remove 1 formula push each day, replacing it with chocolate milk or milk. And tomorrow, Sunday, Delaney's feeding tube will be removed once again, to give her a break, allow her to have the sensation of eating without the hindrance of a feeding tube, and to continue to work on her feeding therapy. This week Delaney will have a speech evaluation to see if she has any set backs from the brain operation, chemotherapy, and or radiation. Delaney has ventured out of the house a few times for couple hours for walks, playing with the water hose, and recently to see just one of the many events people have come together to support her in her fight. Thank you. Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. As always..... GO TEAM DELANEY!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
Cancer Free....
Delaney wanted to share some exciting news. Last Tuesday on 6/3/14, one day after her MRI, at her follow up appointment and seeing the results of the MRI we received wonderful news. Delaney, Mommy, and Daddy were told that Delaney was cancer free! Although we must remember she has a very long road ahead of her, that page in Delaney's story we will put a bookmark. Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support! As always ... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on May 31, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle

I wanted to share a video of the past 7 Months and 20 Days of Delaney's journey. Tomorrow, Delaney will complete her last day of focal radiation and start the long journey ahead of recovery and therapy. It seems like yesterday when I look back on that Monday September 9th 2013. The family should have been celebrating Mini Merlin's 1st birthday but instead there were tears, frustrations, lack of understanding, and confusion as I could see the look on Janice's and Merlin's faces when we knew something was just not right. As we waited for Delaney's ambulance transfer from Walnut Creek to Oakland more family showed up and little did we know what a hard and tireless journey this was going to be and what Delaney would end up enduring, which no child should ever have to experience. 

As Delaney diagnosis came in on September 10th as a brain tumor, which later was determined to be cancerous the world seemed to stop. We prepared for brain surgery and the treatment ahead. Around this same in this journey we call life, that didn't make sense, TEAM DELANEY was born and a quote posted by Daddy and Mommy above Delaney's bed would become the inspiration for her fight, "And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!" The blog was created, followed by Team Delaney Facebook page and the support and prayers for our little fighter started grow. Still to today we are still left speechless and humbled by the support that the community close and across the world has given Delaney and her family. I wish I could list everyone that has touched Delaney's life and given the family the ability to be by her side every step of the way but it would be impossible. The support from both parents work, the 9,000 plus FB followers, the over 3900 Team Delaney shirts sold, our infamous FIERCE FRIDAYS, the meals, the donations, blood drives, and the fundraisers that friends organized was nothing we were expecting. We have been blessed by the support during these past 7 moths and 20 days as the Team has stood by Delaney's side for her treatment and have shown to continue to stay by her side as her recovery and therapy start. 

This journey has forever changed our lives and the family lives as we are grateful to have everyone by our side. Someday when Delaney is able to leave the home with the family she will be able to thank many of you with her bright smile and know that you have forever touched her life. We hope and know that in the near future under Team Delaney we too will be able to give back and help other children and their families like ours in the community, that has given us so much.

" And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!" 
Love Uncle Travis

This list below is what Delaney has endured the past 7 months and 20 days. She has gone through more these past months then most of us will ever in our entire lives but she continues to fight on like she has done everyday! 

September 9th missed little Merlin's 1st birthday (Delaney was admitted to hospital)
September 10th Diagnosed with brain tumor
September 12 brain operation to remove tumor
64 total admitted overnight stays at the hospital (22 days of that was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) 
6 1/2 months of at least 1 vomit a day
2 operations (1 for brain tumor resection, 1 central line placement)
21 days of Chemotherapy
28 days of brain radiation
1 stem cell harvesting, a 5 hour harvest
3 stem cell bone marrow transplants
35 sedations ( 2 for operations, 4 for MRI, 1 EVD removal,1 stitches removal, 2 lumbar puncture, 28 for radiation)
1 Biopsy of tumor
4 MRI scans
31 CT scans
1 EVD placement for CSF drainage
16 X-rays chest/abdominal 
1 complete blood transfusion (during brain operation)
18 Platelet transfusions
14 Blood transfusions 
51 at home Blood draws
2 lumbar punctures
6 IV placements (4 at one time)
1 arterial line placement
1 foley catheter 
4 EKGs
4 echocardiogram
4 renograms for kidney function
15 NG tube (feeding tube) placements
2 surgical dressing changes
1 wheelchair for mobility challenges
4 transports by ambulance

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
21 paper chains down 7 to go.....
Delaney remains as fierce as ever going through her treatment with such beautiful innocence, grace, and a infectious loving smile. Just this past Saturday morning on April 19th Delaney, and her brother Merlin III welcomed baby brother, as Mommy gave birth to a baby boy, Valen Lee Newton at 7:59 am. He came in at 7lbs 9oz 20 inches. Mommy and baby are doing well and at home now. Delaney and Merlin III could not be more proud, happy, and loving to their younger brother. With the newest Team Delaney member. As if things things could not become more complex, stressful, and extremely busy, Mommy and Daddy are at capacity. Call it what you may, coincidence, representation; but in a season that brings new life, warm sunny days, bright colors, and rebirth. It is only proper that Delaney end her treatment at such a beautiful time of year for a fresh start. Although Delaney will have many years of physical therapy, tests, and daily challenges, this is it, the home stretch, 7 days left and the big countdown next week with her last thee radiation treatments. Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. As always.... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on April 6, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle
7 paper chains down, 21 more to go.......
The week started off rough for Delaney. Sunday night, 15 minutes before her formula was to be shut off for the night Delaney vomited, and it was such a large vomit her feeding tube came out throughher mouth immediately, and Daddy had to pull the tube out through her nose. Mommy and Grandma were quickly by Delaney's side. It was an anxious night since Delaney is not eating or drinking on her own and she lost most of her nutrients and hydration that night. That morning, Monday, Week 2 of focal radiation began. Since Delaney vomited and lost hydration Mommy and Daddy asked for an IV bolus of fluid while she was sedated to keep her well hydrated until she could have her feeding tube placed again. Delaney's home health nurse was by that morning and placed the Feeding tube back in again. Delaney continues to do very well through radiation treatment, her radio oncologist said that her CAT scans that are taken before each treatment are overlaying perfect with last MRI she had, as this is the mapping for the delivery of the radiation. Delaney is very happy and active at home but does take longer naps. Today Delaney had a follow up appointment with pediatric physical therapy to assess her progress of her motor functions. Since the brain operation Delaney has had to re-learn all of her basic motor functions that we use everyday, without realizing it. The physical therapist said Delaney has improved immensely, one step at a time she is taking back what once was hers. The days and nights are long, slow and grinding, but Delaney surprised Mommy and Daddy today by smiling, pointing and even did a little dance as she showed us to her treatment room where she receives radiation. She is very determined and pushes thorough each treatment, making it look so easy. Thank you for all of the prayers, love and support. As always..... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Travis Newton - Uncle

Delaney's neuro oncologist called Mommy and Daddy to give us beautiful news that Delaney's full brain and spine MRI scan is all clear with no changes!!! Bringing tears to our eyes. Delaney, Mommy and Daddy have been waiting on pins and needles all day, at times the weight of stress, unbearable. Delaney was sedated at 8am and her MRI was underway and it took 2 hours to complete. Delaney is in great spirits, happy, full of life and love!! Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. As always.... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!

"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"

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