In March of 2018, then two-year-old Lillie Agyeman took a family trip to Charlotte, NC to celebrate Easter with her grandparents. Lillie didn’t seem like herself, not wanting to play or walk, and began running a low-grade fever. When they returned home, she had a simple blood test and within minutes, her mom, Stacie, received the phone call that she needed to go the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Lillie was diagnosed with pre B acute lymphoblastic leukemia and referred to the pediatric oncology/hematology department at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.
“The diagnosis came out of nowhere,” remembers Stacie. “I thought she had a stomach flu, so leukemia was the last thing on my mind.” Within days, Lillie began her almost three-year treatment, starting with a steroid regimen, then lumbar punctures, and finally chemotherapy. Now, almost four years old, she is more than half-way through treatment and is back to her old self.