acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor
in remission since: 1997
Sadie was only two-years-old when she started having severe fevers. After a week her symptoms minimized, until one morning when she woke up with the side of her face completely swollen. Her parents rushed her to the hospital, where a blood test was immediately ordered. The results showed that she had no red blood cells. Sadie needed a blood transfusion within the hour or she wouldn't make it through the night.
Sadie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when she was two-years old. The symptoms started with severe fevers and puzzled doctors unable who couldn't figure out what was wrong. After a week, her symptoms minimized until she woke up one morning with the side of her face completely swollen. Rushing her to the hospital, an immediate blood test was ordered. The blood work showed that she had no red blood cells and would have to have a blood transfusion within the hour or she wouldn't make it through the night.
The following morning, Sadie had a bone marrow procedure to diagnose the specific leukemia she needed treatment for. The next four years were spent in and out of Emanuel Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore. In that four-year span, Sadie had over 15 blood transfusions, several experimental procedures, and four years of chemotherapy. By the age of six, Sadie was allowed to be at home full time and was on her way to being cancer free.
Now, 16 years later, Sadie still resides in the Portland area, pursuing a degree in marketing at Portland State University. At the age of 22, she has the fight of any man twice her size. Competing in a highly competitive world of drag racing, Sadie has many victories under her belt from the last decade she has been behind the wheel.
Away from the track, Sadie plans to use her racing career as an outlet to get the word about blood cancers and children's cancer to the forefront of the racing community. She has a keen interest in supporting others who are facing the disease and also has been in alliance with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the last couple of years. Making appearances with her racecars at their Light The Night Walk, sharing her story and giving hope to other families in similar situations is precisely Sadie's mission. Continuing her racing career in the years to come, she wishes to pair up with many other cancer related programs on her path to become a professional racecar driver.hide full story