BPDCN Update with Caitlin and Kelly Lee

Caitlin joins us with her mom Kelly to update her progress since treatement for BPDCN, Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, a rare and aggressive form of leukemia.  Caitlin describes as best she can her experience with chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant, and the tough decisions a very young girl has had to make with her family.  Caitlin's grace and sense of hope is inspiring; she is truly a force for hope, compassion, and purpose in the world today.  She is currently selling t-shirts to help give back to the all-to-often-forgotten teenagers at the pediatric clinic where she was--with special cards and age-appropriate items for them.  Caitlin is the 3rd child so diagnosed in the United States and the first known survivor.  We look forward to Caitlin's next update!

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About Janet

Blessed with varied interests and an artistic and musical upbringing, Janet had health challenges throughout her young adult life. Despite these she graduated Cum Laude from Wellesley College with an award of distinction for acting, and had also been a champion equestrian. She began a family with her husband Barry later in life, and had finally found happiness with daughter Sophie-Marie (3/12/06) and then baby (Jack 8/30/08). Five weeks after his birth, the family escaped a wildfire in which all worldly possessions were lost. The family relocated in December of 2008 to Agua Dulce CA where they currently reside.

Jack began to have unsettling symptoms at the age of 3; he was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and was diagnosed with DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, on Friday Oct. 28, 2011, indisputably the darkest experience of Janet's life. The outrage of it made her determined to find the good in the situation, and she asked God to "Put me to work!" After Jack's death, she remained determined to start working to find solutions to DIPG and incorporated Jack's Angels at the end of 2012; the Foundation began its work in 2013. Despite the fact that DIPG is responsible for the majority of brain tumor deaths in children, she had been told there were no solutions for Jack because "the numbers aren't great enough for investors." This remains the primary motivation in her advocacy work, to prioritize children's lives in our medical system in the United States.