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  • Writer's pictureScarlett Callahan

Mission Moment | Scarlett’s Journey

At only one and a half years old, little Scarlett has experienced the unthinkable.

When an emergency room visit led to her Acute Myeloid Leukemia diagnosis, she was life-flighted twice to get from her home state of Montana to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Scarlett’s loving parents stayed in the hospital with her until a social worker told Brent’s Place about the family’s crisis. Since finding their home away from home, Scarlett’s mom is most grateful for support from staff members - from providing supplies to baby-proofing the apartment to offering grant sources to help cover Scarlett’s costly medications. She adds, “Everyone at Brent’s Place has been so helpful. We can say “Hey, I’m having a bad day and they comfort us…it’s family.”  

Scarlett’s specific genetic mutation is especially difficult to treat. After 5 rounds of chemotherapy, her medical team suggested a promising clinical trial drug, Venetoclax, to help keep the disease at bay. When Scarlett reaches remission, she will undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). Scarlett’s recent test results show her blood counts are coming up and her father is a half-match to be the stem cell donor.

He says, “We are hopeful…cautiously optimistic. It’s been difficult to hear 'this didn't work, that didn’t work.'” Scarlett’s high-risk diagnosis keeps her family in Colorado indefinitely while they hope for her medical miracle. Brent’s Place will be their home away from home every step of the way. You can inspire hope and healing for families like Scarlett’s by getting involved with Brent’s Place.

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