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Lindsey Crowder of Bentonville, Arkansas is in many ways a very typical eleven-year-old. She loves to paint and eat ice cream… her best subjects in school are writing and math. She has a pet dog, plays the piano, had a wonderful season of softball this past summer and is about to start basketball. Lindsey is also a cancer patient and an inspiration to everyone she touches.
During a doctors visit at age two she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Rushed that day to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where she underwent a 30-month regimen of chemotherapy to drive the cancer into remission. At age five, Lindsey’s leukemia returned with a vengeance. Enduring two years of additional treatment during which she was hospitalized for more than 130 days, she received in excess of 100 blood transfusions of red blood cells and platelets..
While her cancer is in remission, testing takes place at 90 day intervals...Something that she endures with that never ending supply of smiles! Her brothers Reece, age 9 and Dawson , 8 are a big part of her life and make the trips as well. She is the “big” sister and relishes that role. They are each others best friend. Supported by her mom-Lisa, dad-Todd, and her brothers, Lindsey is an example to those around her of the power of a positive spirit and a will to overcome life’s obstacles.
Throughout Lindsey’s ordeal, the Crowder’s have learned the importance of donating blood. “Lindsey is living proof of the lifesaving abilities of blood,” Lisa said.
Todd, Lindsey’s father, joined Lisa as a regular donor shortly after Lindsey’s diagnosis and he has recruited several of his friends to become donors. Lindsey’s parents have helped organize American Red Cross blood drives in northwest Arkansas and are often seen donating during her check-ups.
Lindsey’s condition has changed the Crowder’s’ lives. “It has made us realize what is important. So many things are beyond our control and we’ve had to leave things in God’s hands,” Lisa said. Many of their friends are from the ranks of patients they have met during treatment. "Lindsey’s attitude has been great through all this; many times better than ours. She keeps us going. She never panics and is so very easy going and calm.”
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