Letter to the Editor: Saving Katie Star Herron

An Appeal for Help from a Loving Dad

Katie Star Herron, Town of Oakville, Cancer
Letter to the Editor: Saving Katie Star Herron

6 year old Katie Star Herron is battling cancer for the third time in her young life. Katie is a smart vibrant little girl with an enormous loving heart. Her smile can light up any room and as her name suggests, is a true shining star.

In August 2010, at not quite 16 months old, Katie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After 25 months of intense treatment that included numerous lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations, hospital stays, chemotherapy, steroids and 2 to 3 times a week hospital visits, Katie received her last dose of chemo in September 2012. As our family celebrated the success of her treatment and remission, Katie began to live a normal childhood. Her hair grew back and she started Junior Kindergarten in September 2013.

Unfortunately in November 2013 at the age of 4, Katie relapsed and underwent months of treatment before having a Bone Marrow Transplant at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital in April 2014. After a year in isolation, in April 2015, Katie celebrated her 1st re-Birthday cancer free. Little did we know that our joy would be short lived.

On May 15, 2015, we received the devastating news that Katie had relapsed and is now fighting for her precious life once again. Her current treatment plan will involve numerous extended hospital stays and she will begin the needed tests to be enrolled in the Cart 19 trial at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) this coming week. We pray and are hopeful that she will qualify and that her medical bills will be covered by OHIP. However, funds are desperately needed to help our family continue this fight.

As our brave little girl continues her battle, we appreciate all the prayers, support and love that is being sent her way. You may follow Katie’s journey by joining our Facebook group; Hope For Katie Star, and we will update on here whenever possible. Contributions may be made through this site and we are also in the process of setting up a trust account.

On May 26th our family received wonderful news from Sick Kids! OHIP has agreed to cover the cost of the T-cell trial. we will be flying on May 27th to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Thank you again for all your support. Together we have “Hope For Katie Star”, and we continue to believe she will beat this disease once and for all.

Gratefully,

Paul Herron

Comment from the Editor

Though the trail for a Katie is being looked after by OHIP, it does not cover off all outside expenses which will be faced by the family. If you wish to help you can donate to: Hope for Katie Star which is a crowd funding program. Paul is an employee of Halton Region and Katie.

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