Parker resident Kayla Anderson, 21, recently found out that she has acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. It is rare, and even more rare in someone Kayla’s age.
Kayla will be getting treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for the next 6 months.
Symptoms of AML can begin in a similar way to a flu, and progress from there with more symptoms before a proper diagnosis, typically with blood tests by a hematologist. Treatment involves chemotherapy, with the aim of achieving remission. Even after remission of the illness, further consolidation therapy is needed later to eliminate the disease completely and avoid relapse, but in most cases AML is a curable disease with the right treatment.
Treatment costs money.
Parker Live has been contacted by some locals who have set up a Fundly page (connected to Facebook) for donations to help with medical expenses. The page can be found by clicking HERE. The email we received said:
The family would sure appreciate it. Kayla is in for the fight of her life and needs the support of the whole county to help her.
You can leave a donation toward Kayla’s treatment by clicking on ‘Donate’ in green on the right of that page, and you can leave a comment with Facebook by clicking ‘Leave a comment’ at the bottom.