At 8 years old, Lindsay went from an energetic and happy child to a lethargic, sick and pale little girl. She started out with a sinus infection, then after numerous antibiotics, it progressed to pneumonia. She started having intense pain in her hips and stopped walking. A new pediatrician ordered blood tests, which showed she was anemic, and a follow up CT scan, which showed a mass in her lung that did not shrink after a strong course of antibiotics. Her pediatrician sent her to the children’s hospital, where she was finally diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Aug 10, 2007.
Lindsay went through more procedures than the average adult. More than two years’ worth of spinal taps, blood draws and chemo had her looking at the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. Despite some horrible side effects from the chemo such as AVN (bone death) in her knees and ankles, Lindsay was still the happy, bubbly child who was everybody’s friend. She knew that our journey with childhood cancer would never be over for good, not until every child can be cured.
After bravely battling for eight years, Lindsay passed away on May 9, 2016. She will forever live in our hearts and be part of the Rally family.