My Cancer-Free Christmas: Little Girl Cured After Groundbreaking Gene Trial Finally Gets to Have Celebration of Her Dreams

My Cancer-Free Christmas: Little Girl Cured After Groundbreaking Gene Trial Finally Gets to Have Celebration of Her Dreams

Last year, little Erin Cross spent Christmas in the hospital with her parents, surrounded by fairy lights as she endured chemotherapy and waited for a bone marrow transplant. This year, Erin and her parents hope Christmas will be very different. The 7-year-old has now been cancer free for the longest period since she was diagnosed with aggressive leukemia in 2012. After exhausting all her options in the UK, Erin's family managed to raise enough money to send her to Seattle Children's Hospital for CAR T-cell therapy, which re-engineers the cells in the lab to attack and kill cancer cells when they are injected back into the patient’s body. Dr. Rebecca Gardner, an oncologist at Seattle Children's Hospital, said: “Because of brave children like Erin, we believe in a world where treatment for childhood cancer is just a blip in the road rather than a life-altering treatment.”

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Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

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