McKenzie is a 5-year-old girl who is attending Kindergarten this year cancer-free, thanks to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
McKenzie’s mother, Erika, first took her to an emergency room in Laredo when she came down with a fever and was lethargic. When her blood tests showed abnormal levels, they were referred to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. Doctors at Driscoll diagnosed McKenzie with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer that affects the white blood cells.
McKenzie started chemotherapy at Driscoll Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center just weeks before her second birthday. The nurses and staff at Driscoll provided comfort and compassionate care during a difficult, and often lonely time.
“Each of the people who work at Driscoll made us feel comfortable, and they do their job with so much love that sometimes you forget the pain you feel from your child going through this disease,” said Erika.
Because of Driscoll’s affiliation with the Children’s Oncology Group, McKenzie was able to receive the best frontline treatment available for children with her diagnosis, along with the highest quality care from a team of dedicated doctors, nurses and staff.
Now, she is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her last chemotherapy treatment – a major milestone for this little cancer fighter and survivor. Erika is grateful for Driscoll Children’s Hospital and she is glad to see her daughter happy, healthy, and back to being a kid.