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The Becca Allen Family



Hi I am Liz Allen, from the Allen family and this is my little sister’s story.

My little sister’s name is Rebecca or as we call her Becca. When she was born she seemed ok but after a while she would get these really bad ear infections.I noticed she would also bruise very easily. My mom took her to the pediatrician and they said she would be fine as long as they gave her medicine. It would work for a little while but then the ear infections would come back even worse so the pediatrician sent my mom, dad and Becca to the Hershey Medical Center.

I was in school at the time so the person in charge came up to me and my other sister Steph and told us that we would be staying a little later than the other kids. One of the teachers told me that my sister was sick and she had cancer. I was only 11 so I didn’t really know what was going on. I knew what cancer was but I didn’t know how bad my sister had it and how badly it would effect my family. Later that day, I was picked up and we went right to the hospital to see my sister.

I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I walked in I felt really awkward and out of place. We went up to seventh floor with my newborn baby sister Amanda. She was born just a week before Becca was diagnosed. After they ran a few tests we found out she had ALL or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Leukemia cells are abnormal cells that cannot do what normal blood cells do. The abnormal cells are immature white blood cells that cannot help the body fight infections.

When I first walked into the room she was hooked up to so many tubes and wires it was scary. I didn’t know what was happening to her. After a day she came home but we had to rush her back to stay for two weeks. She fought with all her heart and I honestly was happy that my sister able to beat the Leukemia. She has been in remission for 5 years.

If my family hadn’t been a part of the Four Diamonds Fund we would have never been able to pay for the treatments. Our family heard of a thing called THON. We have been going since 2006 and I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I love the feeling of going up to Happy Valley to see our college friends and get the support and love from people we never met. The best thing about THON is that I can never actually find my sisters haha. Actually I LOVE the whole family aspect of it. THON makes me feel like we are all a big family. And that’s exactly what we needed at the time and I never will get tired of it!!


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