Ivy-Jean started to feel unwell during Christmas 2017 so her mum and dad, Tracey and Kyle took her to see the doctors…
It took several more trips over the next week and a half for them to find answers to why Ivy-Jean wasn’t getting any better.
On the 3rd of January 2018, Tracey and Kyle received the devastating news that would change their lives forever.
At just 3 years old, Ivy-Jean was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
She received her first round of Chemotherapy 2 days later on the 5th of January 2018.
Tracey and Kyle moved the family to Melbourne for the first few months of Ivy-Jeans treatment to be closer to the Royal Children’s Hospital – previously, they had to drive 3 hours to the hospital from their home town of Echuca for every appointment.
“Ivy-Jean is such a caring girl who constantly makes sure everyone around her is okay (especially her sister, Maggie and brother, Abel – as well as their 2 chickens, Silly and Bok Bok!) – she’s polite, fun-loving and super smiley! She would do anything to make you happy, even if it meant that she would miss out.”
Her favourite colours are pink and purple, she is obsessed with unicorns (aren’t we all?) and loves playing with her barbie dolls and teddy bears. She loves to dance and sing with her little sister, Maggie and watching Paw Patrol with her little brother, Abel.
This incredibly strong and resilient young lady endured more lumbar punctures (for which she needs to be put under general anesthetic), blood tests, scans, x-rays and 2 types of chemotherapy up until finishing her treatment in February of this year.
It was a special moment to see this brave young lady finally ring the bell after 2 long years of treatment. Her dad told us, "we're extremely proud of how far Ivy-Jean has come... the courage and strength she's shown is truly amazing." Hear hear!
The latest update as of late August 2020 is that Ivy-Jean is doing AWESOME. She's "eating like there's a shortage of food", putting on weight and generally looking gorgeous and healthy. She has phone-check ups with her doctor as her family isn't currently able to travel to Melbourne, and continues to have her monthly blood tests.
You are super girl, Ivy-Jean and we are SO PROUD of your incredible efforts to KICK CANCER'S BUTT.