Len is an hour behind us on Central time, now. He arrives into Montezuma, where early morning temperatures are in the sixties, with lower humidity. At TS24, he dedicates his ride to Alexa from Hopatcong, New Jersey. We are thankful to Diane and Tim Naughton and family for their generous support of Len’s journey through this time station to benefit our Hopecam children!
Alexa is in her final maintenance phase treatment this month! Her parent shares:
"My daughter, Alexa, was diagnosed at age 5 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on April 1, 2015. After a series of infections, we realized something more serious was going on. The antibiotics weren’t working so blood work was ordered and the pediatrician told us she had Leukemia. He sent us to the Valerie Center in Morristown and we met with Dr. Halpern, who confirmed that she had Leukemia, and after having a bone marrow transplant, he confirmed the type.
Alexa was standard risk and was in the hospital for 10 days, where her treatment began. Alexa then resumed outpatient treatment, with spinal chemo (methotrexate) on a quarterly basis, steroids, chemo pills, and antibiotics. Our world was upside down. I had lost my mother in November of 2014, just 6 months before, and Alexa had watched my mother suffer, so we went through a whirlwind of emotions. Alexa kept thinking she was going to die because she knew my mother had Leukemia. I had just gone back to work from 6 months of maternity leave with my son, and since I carried the insurance, we made the decision for my husband to stay home for the next 6-8 months while she went through her intense treatment. However, I would take intermittent leave through the treatment process.
She is in the maintenance phase of treatment and this month will be her final treatment. She also will be getting her port removed. We also just got back from our Make a Wish Trip to Disney. Things are looking up! She is a strong, inspiring, creative little girl and I am beyond proud of her. "
Out on the Kansas plains, 25 miles west of Dodge City, you’ll find a town named for an ancient ruler of the Aztec empire. Located in Grant County, Montezuma is a small town with a population just above 1,000 residents located along the Santa Fe Railroad. The town's main attraction is the Stauth Memorial Museum, which hosts traveling exhibits related to farming. The town is very close to Dodge City, which is famous for its reputation as a wild frontier town tamed by Wyatt Earp in the 1870s.