UPDATE, June 17, 2017: Sequoia was admitted to the ICU on June 11 for pancreatitis. As of June 17, doctors have temporarily placed her in a medically induced coma and life support to allow her organs to rest and recover while dialysis helps to rid her body of excess fluids from her pancreatitis.
As many of you know, Naomi resigned from her teaching position since January to care for Sequoia until she is 100% healed. Any donations to help us relieve the family of the financial burden are greatly appreciated and needed at this time.
If you’ve already given to her medical fund, THANK YOU! If you haven’t had a chance, we appreciate any amount you can give. Please spread the word and use the hashtag #SequoiaStrong to share her message of hope!
Sequoia White is pretty amazing.
Sequoia has a light that shines from within. She is 16. A big sister to brothers Soren and Sawyer. A loving daughter, granddaughter and niece. A devoted friend and teammate. An honor roll student grounded in scripture. A 5’9” volleyball player for the Smithson Valley Rangers and Ignite Club team.
A soon-to-be junior on the STEM track with dreams of being an orthopedic surgeon and plans to attend UT for premed and OHSU for med school. She is loved by many. As her 8-year-old brother wrote in a “10 Things We Love About Sequoia” list, she's “the kindest girl” and “the best sister anybody could ask for!” Everyone who meets her knows it’s true.
But she’s in the fight of her life and needs YOUR help.
On December 12, 2016, Sequoia and her mom visited Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. The lymph nodes in her neck were swollen, and prior doctor’s visits didn’t yield a diagnosis. Talking was painful. She had less energy at volleyball practice and was often tired.
Doctors found a mass in her chest. An oncologist boiled down her symptoms to one scary word: Cancer. Then came a diagnosis — Non Hodgkin Lymphoma.
She was admitted to the hospital that day. Two days later, the oncologist told her treatment would last 2-3 years. That same day she started chemo. They pumped three bags of drugs into her body that night. Her parents cheered as she braved each bag.
For an active teen like Sequoia, Lymphoma isn’t just tough on the body. Just weeks before her Sweet 16, before she could get her driver's license and enjoy that freedom, everything came to a halt. But she still has dreams of one day owning a Jeep, swimming with sharks, owning horses—the list goes on and on. This girl has hopes, dreams and a future, and we want to help her make all that happen!
As the #SequoiaStrong hashtag her teammates created suggests, Sequoia is as strong as the giant redwoods for which she is named. She is a loving daughter, sister and friend who bravely wipes your tears away. She's not defined by the school she attends, the sports she plays or a diagnosis. She is bold and amazing. Quite simply, she is Sequoia Strong.
YOU can help in a BIG way. Be #SequoiaStrong.
Insurance won’t cover the entire cost of 2-3 years of treatment. Those are years Sequoia won’t be able to attend school and her mother Naomi, a 2nd-grade teacher at Timberwoods Park Elementary, isn’t able to work.
The family will rely on Kevin’s income, so we’re raising funds to help them thrive. Aside from alleviating debt, we want to ensure they’re equipped to handle significant out-of-pocket costs for at-home care.
Team #SequoiaStrong (Naomi, Kevin, Soren & Sawyer White | Elizabeth Ulrich & Will Fanguy | Paula Bjork | Cheryl, Doug & Chad White | Lucius, Keri & Rachael Ulrich & Phoenix Kruger | The friends, family & Comal ISD community who’ve pitched in)