Two Years of Treatment, Two Stem Cell Transplants, Only 3 Years Old
Diagnosed with Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare and serious form of childhood cancer, Eva has spent two years of her young life undergoing intensive treatment. Thankfully, Eva and her family have the support and love of Jacob’s Heart to guide them through the long, treacherous journey.
Eva and her mother live more than two hours away from her treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. While undergoing chemotherapy and preparing for two stem cell transplants, Eva needed to travel back and forth four or five times a week. Without a reliable car, the journey was nearly impossible.
“I worried every day about how to get my little girl to treatment…until Jacob’s Heart.”
Jacob’s Heart Families are Never Alone
Jacob’s Heart was there to help. Our Hearts and Hands Transportation Program made sure that Eva arrived to her appointments safely and on time. After long days of treatment, when Eva felt good enough, our driver surprised her and stopped for a special treat at her favorite restaurant.
When complications arose, or the side effects of chemo made Eva too weak to go home, she’d have to stay in the hospital for days, weeks, even months at a time. But, ever positive and playful, Eva was able to have a bit of fun during music therapy, where she particularly loved jamming on the guitar.
Eva is in Remission and Hoping to Make a Full Recovery
After being in the hospital for more than six months following her second transplant, we are thrilled to report that Eva is home! As a stem cell recipient, it was crucial that Eva return to a clean, sterile home environment. Eva’s uncle replaced the carpet in her room with new tile purchased by Jacob’s Heart.
Coming home was exciting, but also a big adjustment. Eva had to be isolated from other children in the hospital while recovering from both of her transplants. Through coaching and support, Eva is re-learning how to play and share with her cousins and friends.
Each day brings renewed signs of hope and healing for Eva, and Jacob’s Heart continues to support her family both emotionally and financially. We look forward to celebrating Eva’s full recovery very soon.
“I’m glad Jacob’s Heart was there to help with all our needs: like diapers, groceries, and transportation.”