acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor
in remission since: currently in remission
brave since birth
Kimie has been challenged ever since birth. She is the surviving identical twin of a preterm pregnancy. She spent 65 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. She battled and survived a hole in her heart, a grade III brain bleed, multiple eye surgeries and has total body involvement Cerebral Palsy. When Kimie was four years old things seemed to be calming down for her as she was getting ready to enter kindergarten. She went for a routine blood test and the results came back abnormal. Kimie had no signs or symptoms of illness. She wasn't pale, had tons of energy, never complained of pain and didn't have a single bruise on her. Kimie's doctor sent her for a repeat blood test. Later that day her family received a call that changed their lives forever. Kimie had leukemia.