7 years old
Marcy was found to suffer from an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid (ATRT) brain tumor in February 2009.
Marcy and her siblings were outdoorsy kids who loved riding horses. At just 5 years old, Marcy was an accomplished rider and roper and had already earned a championship belt buckle for her skills. But life took a turn in late 2008 when Marcy fell and hit her head at school. She started suffering from terrible headaches and began vomiting within moments of opening her eyes each morning. Soon after, Marcy's parents were devastated when tests revealed she suffered from a deadly brain tumor known as ATRT.
"It felt like a freight train," Marcy's mom said of learning the news. "I was trembling and shaking. Your life as you know it ends."
Marcy underwent a 10-hour surgery to remove the deadly tumor, and her parents started to research the best options for her continuing care. That search led them to the Children's Research Hospital, and they obtained a referral.
At the Children’s Research Hospital:
Marcy received four courses of chemotherapy and 31 radiation treatments. Despite her often grueling treatment, Marcy thrived at the Children’s Hospital. She loved participating in all the activities at the facility, especially arts and crafts. To see her flourish meant the world to her parents.
Marcy's family is appreciative of everything Children’s Hospital provides for families, from housing to grocery cards. That they will never receive a bill from them so that means they can focus on what's important: Marcy. This has inspired them to help support the Children’s Research Hospital. "I'll keep giving," her mother said. "It makes a difference, even $30."
Marcy has finished treatment and is now home with her family. "My hope for Marcy is to keep having birthdays," her mother said. "We're so proud of the Children’s Hospital and what they've done for her."
Now that she is home, Marcy is back in school and she loves playing with her siblings. Marcy is also back to riding horses. She started slow on an old, gentle horse, but now she rides a fast one again.
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