It may just be the best first-birthday present ever: Learning that you’ve beat cancer.
Lilly Bumpus was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, at just four months old. She was just the fourth infant, the family has said, to receive the diagnosis.
What followed was 14 rounds of chemotherapy and seven surgeries. Meanwhile, in their fight to save Lilly, her parents gave their jobs and their home to live at a Ronald McDonald house while Lilly underwent treatment at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
No doubt her parents would say the sacrifices were worth it; they announced earlier this month that Lilly, who turned 1 last week, is now cancer-free — the only infant known to survive this deadly disease.
“I got to tell my daughter today, ‘We are leaving for good sweetheart. All done Lilly. You won,'” her mother, Trisha Bumpus, wrote on a popular Facebook page tracking Lilly’s treatment.
With a war behind them, the family faces a smaller, though daunting, battle. They’re raising money to afford a place to live. They must leave the Ronald McDonald house by next month, the family told local TV station KCOY12.
“Lilly has lived in a hospital since she was born and deserves a home to call her own, ” read the message on the family’s fundraising page. Check it out here.
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