Team Dezma Recovery Fund
$2,861 raised
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Dezma Benitez is 10 years old and was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) on January 15, 2012.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes a large number of abnormal blood cells. Cancers that are acute usually ...
Dezma Benitez was 11 years old and was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) on January 15, 2012.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes a large number of abnormal blood cells. Cancers that are acute usually get worse quickly if they are not treated.

Dezma had no symptoms before diagnosis, which is typical for this type of leukemia. Dezma was a healthy and vibrant 5th grader at Cimarron Elementary on the east end of Houston. She was in Running Club, theater, and ran for class police officer (and won!). She stayed involved at school by assisting with the daily announcements and raising the school flag. She also played fast pitch softball since she was 5 years old at North Shore Little League.

She ran in a 3k the week prior to being diagnosed and sprained her ankle. She was brought into the emergency room a week later after home care of the sprained ankle and finding abnormal bruising in her mouth. It was then that she was diagnosed after being transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Since Dezma was diagnosed with AML many lives have been touched by her strength, her determination, and her good spirits. When Dezma was in ICU and it was explained to her she would be losing her hair with chemotherapy, she cut her hair to be donated to Locks of Love. Dezma felt extremely blessed by God, so much so, that she donated several stuffed animals in her hospital room to other children in the same hospital.

Dezma was undergoing chemotherapy, including intrathecal therapy which is inserted directly into her spine. She went through four rounds of chemo treatment that were 29 days each. Chemotherapy has several side effects which she experienced first-hand, but she tackled each set back with resiliency. On April 27, 2012, Dezma received a bone-marrow transplant that put her into remission until October 2012. Texas Children's Hospital could no longer offer Dezma anymore treatment. She was then moved to MD Anderson where she went through three more unsuccessful rounds of chemo-therapy. Dezma made her finally journey to our Lord on March 5, 2012 at 2:49 a.m.

If you would like to help the family monetarily, all donations would go to Dezma's medical expenses and funeral arrangements.
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