On Tuesday, November 12th my sister Laura Lambert Smith and her husband Travis Smith took their daughter Juno to the doctor for a follow up on an illness that wasn't getting better. They were sent over to PVH's ER for a full panel blood test where they found her white blood cell counts alarmingly low.
The doctors sent Juno to Denver children's hospital via ambulance where after a series of tests it's been confirmed she has leukemia.
Thankfully, she has a type that had a very high cure rate. For the next two months Juno and her family will be staying in Denver, so she can receive her first couple rounds of chemotherapy, which will be the strongest, so they will need to monitor how her body will take it.
That being said, we are raising money to help cover the costs of pet care while they are away, hotels, meals at the hospital, medical expenses not covered by insurance (her initial treatment at Denver Children's hospital was denied by their insurance company, she is now receiving treatment at St. Lukes). This will be a 3-year treatment course with many cancer treatments not covered by the insurance. Needless to say, they will be needing some help now and in the future. Thank you so much for your love, support and all the reaching out you all have done for our family! It's helping relieve stress and take away some worries while they deal with this new difficult normal. Please let's also share Juno's campaign on all media platforms so as to create more awareness.
Follow Juno's journey on her carebridge website: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/junosmith?fbclid=IwAR2SRklUH_6dm2xBslix7KBnE0-u4s6WQuAyxEe7XS6w4qDAYk37E_Ou4Z4