LETHBRIDGE – It’s a reality no family wants to face: helping your infant fight for his life.
Two months ago 8-month Mason Lammers old got what his mother Karli Doll thought was just a small cold. She took him to their family doctor, who told them there was nothing to be concerned about.
Two weeks went by and little Mason was not getting any better, so his parents rushed him to Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.
“They did some blood work and he actually had a white blood cell count of 500, a normal range is between 4-14, and right away they told us they figured it was leukemia,” Doll said.
Mason was rushed by STARS to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Doctors determined he had high risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia
“It was devastating,” Doll explained. “You think why us? It’s not fair.”
Baby Mason has just finished his first of four cycles of Chemotherapy, receiving a total of nine blood transfusions. Doll said she never realized the importance of blood donations until now.
“A lot of people don’t think about childhood cancer and donation until it actually happens to them and you know these kids need that blood so bad to even have a fighting chance.”
She’s thankful to every donor who helped her son continue his fight.
“He wouldn’t have a chance to fight if it wasn’t for you guys. Honestly, if I could hug every single one of you I would,” she said.
Mason not only needs blood but doctors say he also requires a bone marrow transplant.
Doll knows it’s going to be a tough battle, but she said Mason’s happy goofy personality makes a difficult time for her family a little less painful.
To follow Mason’s story visit MASON’S AML JOURNEY.