100Brokers Members voted and we’re very pleased to announce that we will be sending a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to Saving Savanna, Recipient of the 1st Quarter vote of 2020.
Savanna was born on April 11, 2018. She is beautiful, sassy, spirited, warm, loving, funny, challenging and strong willed.
Savanna is a little girl who went from “normal” to “stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer”. She is fighting the fight of her life at the tender age of 22 months. Her parents want to comfort her and spend as much time with her as they can.
Thank you to Lana Russell for bringing this Cause to our attention.
Monday, January 13, 2020, Savanna’s parents noticed that her tummy was distended a little to the left, which seemed a bit off, but she was playful and happy, so they were not too worried. She had a history of irregular bowel movements. Tuesday she had been out with her daddy and her brother’s for what was a normal day for her, but post nap her tummy was clearly bothering her. Savanna slept a little extra Wednesday morning. When she got up she was walking a little funny and still bloated to the left, so off to the doctor’s office they went.
The doctor felt and listened to her tummy and thought, similar to her parents, that it could be a bowel obstruction? Her bowels seemed slow moving, so off to pediatrics at Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge Savanna was sent for an x-ray, blood work and possibly an enema. The x-ray returned and it was not an obstruction, but there was clearly a mass. The blood work came back with signs of swelling and low hemoglobin so they were sent to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver that same day by ambulance.
After tests were complete at BC Children’s Hospital, Savanna was seen by a team from oncology. They explained to the family that although there was a chance something else was causing this mass, it was almost always a tumor. They did more x-rays and a CT Scan. On Thursday, January 16, 2020, they confirmed that it was cancer. The next testing stages were a little more invasive. Monday, January 20, 2020 Savanna had a surgical biopsy, and a CVC line was put into her chest so she wouldn’t need an IV in her arm. This would give doctors the access that they needed with as little intrusiveness as possible. She also had a bone marrow extraction.
Savanna has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. She is a little girl fighting the fight of her life at the tender age of 22 months. Her Mom and Dad are there fighting right alongside her, but to do that they are missing work, which, of course pays for everyday expenses, let alone extraordinary expenses. Any help that we could offer to their family right now would help to alleviate other burdens and allow them to focus on the health and life of their little girl.