Two years ago, Reese was a three-year-old whose biggest problem was that no one could tell her apart from her identical twin, Quinn. Along with their little sister, Claire, they were three young girls dabbling in ballet and gymnastics.
All of this changed when Reese was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood leukemia, called JMML. The best treatment option was a bone marrow transplant, and the center with the most JMML experience was UCSF, The University of California San Francisco. Although they were living in Illinois, the family quickly uprooted to the Bay Area to pursue this aggressive treatment regimen.
This brave girl had her transplant on May 2, 2018, and fought through complication after complication. She remained in the isolation unit in the hospital for 8 months straight, with her twin sister by her side all the while. She was finally released to a Family House on campus on December 20, 2018. She stayed there for treatment until March 21, 2019, when she was released to go back to Illinois, and her family returned home with her. Now that Reese is home, in remission, and getting stronger everyday, she is thinking about how SHE can give back and her loyal sister is still right by her side.
For the most up to date information on Reese and the Felderman Family's journey to pay it forward, please visit their website, defeatingchildhoodcancer.com.