EVERY SICKKIDS LOTTERY TICKET SOLD FUNDS THE FIGHT FOR KIDS LIKE ELIZA.
MEET ELIZA.This fearless six-year old is a bundle of energy who enjoys pushing the boundaries of her wardrobe with epic fashion choices and playing almost every sport under the sun. Things, however, were different just a few years ago. While Eliza was as fearless as ever, treatment at SickKids for acute lymphoblastic leukemia was robbing her of most of her energy.
What started out as fatigue and a slight fever quickly turned into a midnight ambulance ride to SickKids. Blood tests revealed that three-year old Eliza had elevated white blood cell counts but low hemoglobin levels. More testing at SickKids led to a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (High Risk B cell). The SickKids team developed her treatment plan, and Eliza began a two to three year chemotherapy program shortly thereafter.
A long and arduous journey ensued, yet despite the highs and lows, Eliza remained the free, energetic and fashionable spirit she has always been. While hospitalized, she wouldn’t step foot out of her room without dressing to impress her nurses and doctors. Eliza’s treatment plan left lasting memories of SickKids, however none are about leukemia or her treatment program, rather she remembers all the people who helped her smile by shining a light on this dark time in her life.
The end of her treatment also marked a slow return of strength and energy. Today we are now most likely to see Eliza tearing it up at baseball, gymnastics, skateboarding and her favourite activity of all, hockey!
You Fund the Fight for Eliza when you purchase a lottery ticket.