Kallie is an amazingly intelligent, and beautiful little girl. She is 10-years-old and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kallie was diagnosed with brain cancer in September 2010. She had an operation to remove part of her cancerous tumor on September 16th at St. Josephs Hospital in Phoenix. In October, Kallie began chemotherapy treatments at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). Her fight against cancer started with complications, but soon after she began to respond to treatment very well and the tumor started to shrink.

On January 8, 2011, Kallie had a major setback. She suffered septic shock from an infection. Her heart stopped for four minutes, but the doctors performed CPR and were able to revive her. However, during that process she was put into a medically induced coma. All of her organs were failing due to the septic shock and the doctors at PCH decided to put Kallie on an ECMO machine.

On January 16th, 2011 Kallie proved once again how strong she is and was taken off the ECMO machine. She has many complications and a long difficult road ahead to recovery, but continues to surprise doctors by proving them wrong at every turn. This has been a long, heartbreaking journey for Kallie and family; we are thankful for her strong will to survive.

A couple days later, Kallie’s doctors decided to take some precautionary measures and perform a full body CT scan. The results brought us something we were completely unprepared for: a 3cm x 2cm x 3cm mass in her chest, at heart level, behind her right lung (the Dr.’s decided to hold off on determining what this mass could be due to Kallie‚Äôs body needing more time to recover from all the previous issues).

Sadly, on February 8, 2011, the doctors have decided after several failed attempts to save her right leg, that it is time for Kallie to go into yet another surgery to amputate, due to infection and circulation problem.

Despite many trials and tribulations, anyone that knows Kallie, knows what a bright spirit she is and continues to be. She has always brought joy and happiness to everyone around her. She has a contagious smile and has shown us all what true strength and courage is in her battle for life. We are honored to have her as a special part of our Living The Dream Family.