September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, 16,000 children and teens will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. 175,000 children will be diagnosed worldwide. Childhood cancer is one of the seven priority programs of Golisano Children's Hospital's current campaign. Your support could help a child like Koriemae Spirito.
While back at Westfall Pediatrics for a follow up, the pediatrician noticed Korie had a yellowish hue, spotted bruising and several popped blood vessels. The doctor’s office ran several blood tests and told the Spiritos they would give them a call when they had the results.
That evening – after Korie and her family finished a shopping trip to the mall – there was a message on Jenn’s voicemail that Korie’s white cell blood counts were high and it was very likely that she had leukemia.
Korie’s family rushed to UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Room where Korie underwent more testing, which confirmed the diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).