Written by Kathleen Wilcox, Livvie's mother.
Olivia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 2 on June 9, 2013. In just a little over a week marks the 2 year mark of her diagnosis. On June 4th 2013 Olivia started to run low grade fever of 99º. This lasted for 3 days and on Friday I ended up taking her to the doctors when it spiked to 102º and she was crying out in pain every time I would change her diaper or tried to pick her up. The doctor told us that it was viral and that her fever should break within the day. Later that day it did break and she was acting like her old self. Unfortunately, later that night her fever spiked again, but this time it was 103º. The next morning I took her back to the doctor and again they told me that it was viral and that they thought that she had hand foot and mouth. I have heard of hand foot and mouth before, but I had never seen it so when I got to the truck I googled it and the picture that I saw looked nothing like what was happening to my daughter. My husband and I thought it best to take her over to Immediate Care. Unfortunately, they didn’t open until noon so I brought her back home.
She ended up taking a nap and when she woke up she had no fever and again was acting like herself. As soon as I started doubting myself about bringing her back and had the strangest feeling come over me and felt like something inside was screaming that something was wrong. I ended up calling the doctor and explaining everything again that had happened over the last 5 days and followed up with “I know that you know more than I do, but I am telling you something is wrong”. She told me to immediately pick her up and go and even if it was hand foot and mouth at least I would feel better. We ended up taking her in and a very long story short they took her blood and found the Leukemia. Next thing I knew we were in an ambulance on our way to Woman and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Our family’s lives forever changed that night.
Oliva has had many ups and down during her journey, but we are also very lucky to have such a fighter. She has fought through countless chemo treatments. One of the worst was high dose Methotrexate and that would run over 24 hours. Chemo in her spine, a very serious anaphylactic shock reacting to one of the chemo treatments, a bacterial infection in her blood, a seizure, mouth sores, hair loss, join and bone pain.. The list could go on and on… Right now she takes steroids every 29 days for 5 days, oral 6MP chemo every day, a stronger oral chemo methotrexate once a week, a chemo called Vincristine in her port and a triple chemo treatment in her spine.
One thing I know for sure is without all of the blood donors out there we definitely would not have our daughter with us today.
Watch Livvie's comercial here:
Unyts’ Save James campaign will motivate the unregistered to sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors. It will inspire conversation among loved ones about organ donation.
The campaign will move those who have never given before to donate blood. It will prompt lapsed and infrequent blood donors to give again.
It will re-energize those who already support Unyts’ mission, encouraging them to increase their efforts.
Mimicking the check-off format of an organ donor signup form, this concept implies that saving someone’s life is as simple and straightforward as checking off a “Yes / No” box—a tiny action with a huge impact. Showing its subjects in their comfort zones, “Save James” presents individuals whom the viewer can relate to in everyday life. Its subjects are fathers, brothers, daughters, best friends, sports enthusiasts, pet owners—they could be anyone you know and care about; they’re dying, and they need organs now. “Save James” puts this crisis in context, with faces and names at the forefront instead of statistics. This prompting the viewer to sit up and take notice of this concept’s direct call to action that is nearly impossible to say “no” to.