On April 4th, 2019, four-year-old Aurora woke up with a lump on her neck. Due to the prominent mumps outbreak near her hometown, she was misdiagnosed with mumps and was told to quarantine and stay away from her siblings. After more routine testing and an ultrasound, the doctors came to the realization that she didn’t have mumps and perhaps, it was something much more serious. On April 18th, Aurora’s family received a call from the doctor urging them to come to the hospital immediately. There, the family learned that leukemia was a legitimate possibility. The next day, they did a bone marrow biopsy, confirming Aurora’s diagnosis.
Aurora, named after the Aurora Borealis, has lived up to her name. She is a shining star of positivity, even during her journey with cancer. Although she has had to face cancer during a global pandemic, Aurora’s mom Jessica says being diagnosed with leukemia before the pandemic was a blessing in disguise. Being able to experience the community of children and parents going through similar cancer journeys was a saving grace for Aurora and her family. Aurora enjoyed playing video games and doing arts and crafts with the other kids in the hospital.
Now, Aurora is seven years old and officially NED! Whether she’s showing off her animal noise impersonations, doing not-so-secret handshakes with her older brother, or flying kites in her grandparent’s backyard, her colorful personality exudes off of her. Aurora wanted faith and love represented on her socks because her family has found peace through the faith and love from Jesus and their community.