After a weeklong stretch of on/off vomiting and lethargy, parents Bianca and Mark took sixteen-month-old Harlow to the pediatrician. As the doctor gently pressed on Harlow’s abdomen, Bianca could tell that he felt something and that something was wrong. Without giving away any details, the doctor sent the family to the hospital, where an x-ray revealed a tumor in Harlow’s lower abdomen.
The tumor was a rare form of ovarian cancer, making Harlow the second youngest person ever diagnosed with ovarian cancer (of all recorded cases). They immediately pursued aggressive treatment - three surgeries, six rounds of intense chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant, during which Harlow went “code blue” and nearly died. After two years of intense treatment, Harlow finally reached remission.
Now five years old, Harlow embodies the sunny Southern California spirit. She loves going to the beach, dancing, and riding her bike with her younger sister Sienna. When asked why she drew a burst of rainbow hearts for her socks, she said, “I like rainbows because they make me happy, and I drew colorful hearts because they spread love!”