On May 3, 2018, 3 1/2-year-old Anna Caroline was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) – a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells. She was immediately admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill and underwent surgery.
Over days and weeks, she had several significant setbacks with sickness and infections. Her body did not respond to the chemotherapy treatment as doctors had hoped. She was classified as "Very High Risk" and her treatment intensified. Anna Caroline ended up being inpatient for three months before she was able to go home.
Anna Caroline is now five years old. She has a 3-year old sister, Emma, and the family just welcomed a newborn daughter, Charlotte. Her parents, Brandon and Katie, are so thankful to live in Raleigh, where they have access to world-class treatment. The amount of time, effort, money, and energy that has to be devoted to Anna Caroline's treatment is overwhelming at times for her family.
Anna Caroline often has multiple appointments per week, including clinic visits at UNC, physical therapy, and occupational therapy visits. The family is thankful that her Leukemia is responding to the chemo, and she is getting further and further along in treatment! They are so grateful to be a part of this golf tournament and appreciate the attention that pediatric cancer is getting from the area they live and love.