Introducing Maxwell Donnelly
Maxwell was diagnosed at the young age of 22 months with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The day we found out was the beginning of a very long and hard journey for all of us. He was responding well to his chemotherapy treatment until a routine spinal tap found several hundred leukemia cells in his spinal fluid. This was devastating to us. His doctors wanted to do a bone marrow transplant and we had his older sister tested but she was not a match, so he was put on a new and extremely intense protocol due to the relapse in his Central Nervous System. During this time, he was admitted 18 times to the hospital for high dose chemotherapy, at 4 to 5 days each stay within 1 year's time. He received well over 150 shots in his thighs either in the hospital, at clinic, or at home. Maxwell went through 12 days in a row of brain radiation and at the time, he was the only person his age that was able to do it without sedation. In October he turned 5, and he is currently in Long Term Maintenance and has another 6 months of treatment left. By this time, he will have spent 4 of his 6 years battling cancer. Maxwell is an amazing child who loves helping newly diagnosed kids at the clinic when they are afraid. He lets them watch him get his port accessed and when it's time for his shots, he loves an audience. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his friends, coloring, anything that has to do with Spiderman and he even helps clean the house with his mom. He takes everything in stride and is a reminder to those who know him that no matter how old you are you can get through anything.
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