12 years ago almost to this very day, Kendal was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). After 26 months of treatment she was able to enjoy the next 10 years cancer free, focusing on all the major priorities in life ( you know friends, texting, facebook, boys, what to wear!) Now at age 16 our beautiful Kendal is facing a new fight. What once appeared to be a relapse has turned out to be a new diagnosis of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). This battle will be a little tougher than before. Kendal will first have to be put in a state of remission, which is a more difficult process with AML, then she will require a bone marrow transplant. We are very fortunate that her brother is an almost perfect match. We thank God for this blessing and Jake is very excited to be able to give his sister the greatest gift of all! From our friends and family we ask for your continued prayers. Kendal would also like to encourage you to donate blood to your local red cross and become a member of the bone marrow registry. It is through these marrow matches that children are able to beat this cancer.
We are fortunate to be treated by the same oncologists as before at Beaumont. We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us. They have become a part of our family and we could never imagine traveling this road without them. Her transplant will take place at U of M, but her doctors here will always remain a part of her care.
Kendal is a BEAUTIFUL, STRONG and AMAZING girl whose determination is greater than anything I've seen. Not long after receiving this very devastating news Kendal was posting this message on her facebook,
"I do not understand why I have been dealt these cards but I am capable of anything and I will beat this"
This we know is true and we BELIEVE.
We would like to say a VERY special thanks to Angelia and Nick George who have made this site possible for Kendal. Angelia has spent a lot of time creating this so Kendal can share her journey, progress, thoughts and to just be able to stay connected with everyone. We would like to invite you all to become a part of Team Kendal and please send all your positive thoughts and prayers this way!
Kendal we love you more than words can say and we BELIEVE!
Love, Mom & Dad