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Brotherly Love

Jai sharing his story with Mr. Hazel and Mrs. Williams' classes.

October 13, 2009…a day that will never be forgotten for us. Our daughter, Diya, was admitted to the hospital for what appeared to be a routine visit. However, there would be nothing "routine" about this visit, and soon our lives would be changed forever.

Diya was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). We were speechless, shocked, and kept wondering…How? Why? What happens next? We were devastated by the diagnosis, but the doctor gave us hope when he told us AML is curable, and that there is an 80% cure rate. He told us, "Once she's cured, then she's cured."

We found out the first week of November that our oldest son, Jai, was Diya's perfect match for a Bone Marrow Transplant. We will never forget that day…feeling the relief and wash of emotions that came over us. It gave us hope, that she had a chance to live.

What makes this story even more powerful is that Jai was born eight weeks early in February, 2004. He was a fighter from the day he was born, and there was a reason for his survival. One day, he was to be the one that saved his sister’s life.
After enduring three rounds of chemotherapy over the course of 3 months, Diya remained in complete remission. She underwent a bone marrow transplant, with Jai being her donor on February 4, 2010. She survived without any major complications, and continues to remain in Complete Remission.

Diya amazed us with her strength and attitude…and continues to amaze us each and every day. Her strong will, determination, and courage gave us, her parents, the courage to fight this with her every day. We felt if she could do this, so could we. She sailed through the treatments with a smile. She was NOT going to let this thing beat her…she was going to beat it!

On Monday, February 4, 2013, three years later after her transplant, Diya (Mrs. Williams class) and Jai (Mr. Hazel’s class) spent some time together with their classmates to share their story. Living with 100% donor cells and no sign of leukemia, this was truly a day to celebrate!

Written by: Amisha Amin, Marvin Elementary Parent
Posted: Feb 05, 2013 by Marni Menkin

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