The Kellicut Family
Joined Dance Marathon in 2004
When was your child diagnosed? Story?
The day of diagnosis for our daughter Livee Kellicut was February 28, 2004 when she was 4 1/2 years old. Her story is quite complex with many silver linings and miracles along the way this is the short version of her story. You may visit carepages; 4Livee to see her complete story.
The type of cancer she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia is an aggressive cancer of the blood. Once they determined exactly what they were dealing with her treatment began with apheresing of her blood to rid as many bad cells as possible then months of intense chemotherapy and treatment. Livee relapsed September 2004 and again July 2005 the best option a bone marrow transplant which she received August 18, 2005 compliments of her Dad David a perfect 6/6 match for her. Livee had been doing great almost 4 years out of treatment then in February 2009 she unfortunately had a set back with another relapse and then again October 2009. Her best chance to make it through this was a stem cell transplant after months of grueling therapy including more radiation she received her life saving gift on February 17, 2010 again her Dad was a perfect 11/11 match. We were handed a miracle which we are so thankful for. Livee was released to go home March 17, 2010 with only one issue since fluid around her heart May 2010. Livee had 2 surgeries to repair the problem. Livee is in remission and continues to do well, our hope is she is cured.
How long has your family been a part of Dance Marathon?
We were introduced to Dance Marathon right after Livee's diagnosis in 2004. We have been taking part for almost 8 years now.
What is your favorite part of Dance Marathon?
The events throughout the year are what come to mind. Cancer changes everything including finances because of what you do for our families no one has to miss out. I believe Dance Marathon plays a major role in keeping families sane through this process by staying connected and being part of something together.
What is your favorite Dance Marathon memory?
I know for our family there are many individuals that have played a positive role and been there for Livee. She has spent weeks/months as inpatient sometimes in isolation for days on end. We could always count on someone from DM stopping by to hang out with to do whatever activity she choose. I can't imagine how much more difficult this would have been without you. I will never forget you guys/gals and what you did to help Livee through.
Who would you like to give a shout out to?
We have so many people to thank for helping us through; but for those of you that know Livee and were with her during the crucial times we want you to know how special you are to our family. We are grateful to this wonderful organization and hope it can be around forever to support those just like us.