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Destiny is the sweetest, kindest girl you'll ever meet. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word to say. I've never heard her complain or speak negatively of anyone or anything. She has a special spirit that lifts and inspires everyone around her. She has strengthened and inspired our family in more ways than I can tell. We thought we'd let her lift you too.
It breaks our hearts to share that the reason Destiny's back is because she got sick again. And now the doctors are putting her through a bone marrow transplant. Destiny has a twin brother Brandon and it just so happens that he's a perfect bone marrow match. So he came to Boston with her to donate his bone marrow for her transplant! I don't know of a kinder, more Christlike thing that two siblings could do for one another. They are perhaps the bravest, strongest 12-year-olds I've ever met. Their story just brings tears to my eyes. And the cancer world is full of stories like theirs. I know there's a lot of bad in the world today, but I can testify that there's a lot of good in it too -- we see it every day.
Today is day zero for Destiny, the day she receives her new bone marrow. Last week she went through radiation and intense chemotherapy to destroy all of her own bone marrow. Then today Brandon had a trip to the OR to donate his. I got a chance to see him after he recovered from the anesthesia. Does it look he just went through an intense procedure to extract his marrow? This is one tough kid! I love his smile.
After a few hours of preparation the blood cells are ready to be infused into Destiny. As I write this post she is receiving her new blood. We pray that her body accepts the new cells and that she's on her way to a speedy recovery!
Please keep their family in your prayers as they walk this difficult path.