Princess Anya the Overcomer

March 27

Princess Anya the Overcomer (as she likes to be called) is 9 years old and lives in Chester, NJ. Her ethnic background is mix race of Western European and South Asian ancestry.

Just like any other fourth grader, Anya likes watching movies on Netflix, playing Minecraft and doing crafts. Unlike any other fourth grader, Anya is battling leukemia, and doctors believe her best chance at recovery is a bone marrow transplant. Anya was only five years old when she was first diagnosed and went into remission in third grade. This year, she started feeling pain again. On January 11, she was told that her leukemia relapsed and her best chance at recovery is a bone marrow transplant. As she battles leukemia, Anya has never lost the spirit and determination to win her fight. This time around, she needs a little extra help. Doctors believe Anya’s match would be with a person with South Asian or European ancestry.

“It is unknown at this time if there will be a match at the registry, but we are trying to get as many people to sign up as possible using the link posted on her page,” said Anya’s mother Pratibha LeFrancis, the Patch reported.

After trying chemotherapy, doctors began treating Anya with a new investigational immunotherapy drug. Two months of high dose chemotherapy, and biotherapy done. Two more months of high dose chemotherapy, biotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant to go.

What does her future tell? After her transplant 100 critical days of life and death struggle, followed by up to one year recuperation time.

Despite having her battles, Anya found a way to give back to other girls with cancer. She cut her hair off to donate before it fell out.

“Anya’s favorite song undergoing chemotherapy was ‘Over comer’ by Mandisa which we would often hear on Star 99.1,” Robert LeFrancis told Patch.

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