Boy & Girl of the Year
Washington/Alaska's 2016 Boy & Girl of the Year
Boy of the Year
"I'm so sorry, but I'm afraid your son has cancer." November 12, 2008 is the date his family will forever remember. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia was his formal diagnosis. The next three and half years he would endure the most difficult fight he had ever have to. Hunter handled everything like a champ; three surgeries for new ports, daily chemo via pills and IV, spinal taps etc. Hunter's treatment was not easy. He hit many bumps in the road along the way. He never once complained. He now has been out of treatment since January of 2012. Hunter is doing great and lives a normal life like any nine year old should. He loves to play basketball, baseball and video games. He is going into fourth grade and excelling in every aspect! LLS played a huge role in Hunter's treatment. Not only did they provide emotional support and financial support but they have become part of the family. Not only to Hunter but to his other two brothers as well. Their family could not express the gratitude that they feel for LLS. LLS is amazing and has been their right hand through their journey with Hunter.
Girl of the Year
Bridget Howard, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in September 2014. After a round of chemotherapy, an infection formed in her lungs, she got a blood clot and, her port stopped working, so she had to endure frequent IVs. This is not the only obstacle Bridget has had to face. She has also had a chest tube, multiple lines, endless line problems including line infections, and multiple hospitalizations. The typical ALL road map would not be enough to keep Bridget in remission, therefore on August 7, 2015, Bridget received a bone marrow transplant. She is still strong, positive, and fighting. Daily obstacles include taking meds orally and IV, giving herself two shots to prevent another clot from forming, and finding time for school and friends amid all the appointments. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with her dog. Each day she counts as a blessing and so thankful for all the caring individuals she has come across in this journey.