Parker girl diagnosed with leukemia

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.

6 comments

  1. John,
    I am not sure if you can get in touch with Kayla, but I am a member of an organization called Angel Flight West (Arizona Wing.) We provide free (non life-threatening) air transportation to patients that fit a few criteria. It is all through volunteer pilots that donate thier time money and airplanes to fly patients in need of treatment. I coordinate all of the mission in, out, and around Arizona and our wing is looking to fly more in-state missions.
    To get more info or pass the word along, give Angel Flight West a call at 310-390-2958 or angelflightwest.org
    Jeremy Davalos

  2. Jeremy, thank you… I’m sure Kayla or family will see this and pass it along.

  3. Rick Simpson of Phoenix Tears, a great read, and his video below is great as well
    http://phoenixtears.ca/

    Run from the cure…
    http://youtu.be/0psJhQHk_GI

  4. Search on the web “Penny Medical” if you have a condition such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, cancer, depression or have had an injury, like a broken leg and need health Insurance NOW.

  5. Have you got a link juanjohnson90?

  6. anotheronebitesit

    Jeremy, I am in touch with the family each day and will let them know this information, thank you very much. Also you can find Kayla’s mom on face book her name is Wendy Anderson, she checks her fb every day. They are still in Phoenix, Kayla is having her second lumbar puncture today everyone please keep her in your prayers.

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