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Help Zion continue her fight against Leukemia!
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After being diagnosed in 2012, Zion Knowles has overcome her battle with Leukemia and is doing well. She still has regular doctor visits, daily medication and other expenses to ensure she remains in good health. Your continued help is appreciated!

Hello. We are seeking your help with covering the ongoing medical expenses for 9-year-old Zion Knowles, who had a successful Bone Marrow Transplant to treat Leukemia. 

Our daughter Zion was only 4 years old when she was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on June 25th, 2012.

Zion Preschool Grad

She began chemotherapy treatment on July 2nd, 2012 at a Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida and soon went into remission. We were faced with many trials and life-threatening situations from the start of Zion’s treatment. She suffered through pancreatitis, seizures, amnesia, and hallucination, requiring her to be admitted into ICU for about a month.               

Zion in ICU

Through God we overcame them. Zion continued her chemotherapy until May 2013, when we discovered that she had a relapse and the leukemia had returned. At that point, doctors advised us that Zion’s best option was to receive a bone marrow transplant. Zion received a stem-cell transplant on November 19th, 2013.

Zion Stem Cell Infusion

Soon after the transplant, Zion developed Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), which resulted in lots of side effects including itching, inflammation, and abdominal pains. She also had some burn (skin darkening) from the radiation treatment she received prior to transplant. She remained in hospital for 4 months during this period of her treatment.

Zion post transplant

Based on results, the procedure was a success. Zion iwas on medication and insulin to manage diabetes and high blood pressure, but it only lasted whie she was on all of the other medication.

A few months after the transplant Zion developed a condition called ascites, which is collection of fluid in the abdomen. The doctors had to insert a catheter to allow the fluid to drain, while restricting her from eating, so that it could heal. Through all of that, Zion was brave and understanding, all while remaining positive and faithful. Zion eventually recovered from the ascites after being restricted from eating for a few weeks, whie getting her nutrients via IV.

Zion soon became well enough to make trips home to The Bahamas and celebrated her 7th birthday at home. 

Zion bday 2014

Zion needed to have some dental work done due to the severity of her teeth decay. An unfortunate result of the chemotherapy and countless medication she has been on over the first 3 years of her treatment. It was necessary due to the high risk of infection she faces, as a consequence of her immune-suppressed state. These were all done out of pocket, due to her ineligibility for health insurance.

Zion teeth decay

Eventually, Zion was given the all clear to return home for good and has been back in the Bahamas since August 2015. Due to her immune system not being as strong as it should, she has had several bouts of infections and common illnesses which affect her a bit longer than it would most kids. Still, Zion has been a trooper throughout!

Zion returned to school for the first time in 4 years this past September. She was so excited to make new friends and to get back to doing what "normal kids do".

Back to school

We pray that the toughest times are behind us and while she is doing MUCH better, there are ongoing expenses to cover. As we are without health insurance coverage, we have to pay for all of Zion's medical expenses out of pocket. These include but are not limited to: hospital visits, medication, immunizations and physician visits.

With this in mind, we continue to seek your assistance with covering these constant expenses. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. No amount you give would be too little, and no act of compassion would go unnoticed.

We believe that Zion's journey will inspire others who may be experiencing their own struggle. Each day we are able to share with Zion is a blessing, and with your help, we may share many more. Thank you for visiting this page and for whatever assistance you are able to offer for our cause.

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God bless you and let's keep Hope For Zion!

 

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