Caitlin is 12 years old and she loves to sing. She is a very sociable girl with a big, compassionate heart and a smile that brightens every room she enters.
In late December of 2015, Caitlin slammed her ankle while tumbling in gymnastics. Weeks went by and her ankle showed no improvement. She was seen by four different pediatricians between January and March. By this time, the bruise looked noticeably worse which prompted an MRI scan, then referral to an orthopedic specialist, and then a second MRI. From the second MRI, Caitlin’s doctor saw abnormality and she was reffered to a tumor specialist at City of Hope.
In June of 2016, Caitlin was diagnosed with one of the rarest and most aggressive forms of cancer - Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN). In October 2016, Caitlin has completed her 2nd chemo regiment and will start the 3rd (hopefully last) regime before starting radiotherapy then transplant in late December.
Caitlin is a superstar – shining in academics while undergoing medical treatment. She has handled everything with the utmost strength well beyond her years.
Caitlin is multi-racial, and because of her unique genetic makeup and the lack of donors in the registry, finding matches is difficult. While fingers are crossed for no issue with the upcoming transplant, we encourage you to consider test for, host a drive and/or pass the message along to others to take action to help Caitlin (in case a 2nd transplant is needed) or many of thousand others who are anxiously awaiting for your gift of life - bone marrow match: join.bethematch.org/AMatch4Caitlin
Face Off With Cancer is honored to help support Caitlin and jump into the face-off circle with her.