A Cure for Kenza

August 03

Kenza is now a happy, smiling, bubbly two-year-old toddler living in Frisco, TX with her family. She loves watching Elmo and play time with her mom and dad. But things weren't always this enjoyable for this sweet little girl.

When Kenza was just nine months old, she presented cold-like symptoms and had swollen lymph nodes so like most mothers, Kenza's mom took her to the doctor for a checkup. At the appointment, her family received the devastating news that Kenza has AML (acute myeloid leukemia). AML is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell), red blood cells, or platelets.

The only treatment for survival for Kenza would be to receive a bone marrow transplant within the next eight weeks. Finding a bone marrow match during this time span was near impossible due to Kenza's South Asian heritage and the lack of Asian representation in the donor pool.

At 13 months, Kenza was in remission and waiting for a transplant which she received from her father who was a half-match and allowed Kenza to undergo a haplo transplant. Thankfully, the transplant was a success and one month after, Kenza was home. Now Kenza can grow up and continue to be a happy, fun loving little girl among her parents and sister Noura.

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