Boy & Girl of the Year

 2016 Boy of the Year

Sean Tibbs 2016
Sean, 12 years old, ALL survivor

On July 20th, 2011 Sean went up to his bedroom to take a nap. An hour later, his parents rushed to his room after
Sean started screaming of arm and leg pain. His parents took him to the Children's Close to Home urgent Care
Center where he was seen by a doctor and then rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed
with Leukemia. The following day, Sean had a bone marrow biopsy that determined he had Acute Lymphoblastic
Leukemia (ALL). That same day, Sean began chemotherapy. In September of 2012, Sean entered into the
Maintenance Phase of his treatment but unfortunately in January 2013, he relapsed. For most of 2013, Sean was in
and out of the hospital for a bone marrow transplant, spleen infection and other complications. Finally in the fall of
2014, Sean was able to return to school! Today, Sean is doing well and continues to take his medication and
physical therapy appointments like a champ.

Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Hobbies: Playing soccer and golf
Favorite Subject: Spanish and Science
Favorite Food: Tacos and spaghetti



2016 Girl of the Year

Marley Phillips 2016
Marley, 6 years old, ALL survivor

In 2010, Marley began to experience random fevers and her complexion was pale each morning. Her parents took her
to the pediatrician and asked for blood work and the next day, they were shocked by the results. Marley was
hospitalized for a week while the doctors performed a biopsy to discover what type of Leukemia she had. On October
8th, 2010, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). That week Marley also began her first
round of chemotherapy. After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, several spinal taps and multiple blood and platelet
transfusions Marley completed her Maintenance Phase! Her hair grew back curlier than ever and on December 20th of 2012, Marley celebrated her official last day of treatment! She is now in remission and living happily with her parents, sister and brother.

Siblings: Twin sister Zoe and older brother Trey
Favorite Hobbies: Swimming, gymnastics and soccer
Favorite Subject: Reading
Favorite Food: Mac n' Cheese

                                                                                          

                                                                                                                            


 

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