Haley’s Story

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Hello, My name is Haley Lynn Ebbert and I’m six years old. I was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblast​ic Leukemia) on January 12th, 2009. This, is my story…

Background Story

Haleys StoryOn Thursday January 8th, 2009 I was enjoying free time at my school LADYBIRD ACADEMY in Lake Mary, FL. (they are wonderful). I was climbing up the ladder when I felt a little pain behind my left knee that didn’t feel very good. The next day at school, I wasn’t really up for playing on the playground or participating in any activities. My teachers were a little worried about me so they told my mommy when she picked me up from school.

My mommy thought she would ask daddy what he thought we should do about the pain in my knee and why it hurt me so much (I guess my daddy is a doctor when all this time I thought he sold trash bags). Anyway, I woke up on Saturday morning and my daddy took me to the mall so I could see the dogs at the pet store. Daddy also bought me pretty earrings so I felt obligated to buy him lunch. I was having so much fun with my daddy since I hadn’t seen him in three days because of his work. It was really hard for me to walk on this day because the pain had increased and traveled to the joints in my body. Mommy and Daddy talked about my condition and decided they would take me to an AFTER HOURS PEDIATRIC doctor. She took pictures of my leg and decided that I should probably see my doctor on Monday morning.

Haleys StoryOn Monday January 12th, 2009 it would be a day that everyone who knows me would never forget. Dr. Benjamin, at CENTRAL FLORIDA PEDIATRICS, said I needed to have my blood tested at SANFORD HOSPITAL. After the blood work, my doctor called my mommy and asked for her to please come by the office so she could talk with us. When we arrived at the doctors office, Dr Benjamin told my mommy and daddy she had an idea of what was causing my pain and discomfort. I remember my mommy, daddy, and Dr Benjamin crying for a little bit. After that, my daddy picked me up and carried me to the truck. I asked my mommy and daddy, “are you crying because you love me?” My daddy said, “more than you will ever know baby.”

We arrived at ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN in Orlando, FL on the night of January 12th, 2009. The following day my mommy and daddy were told that I was diagnosed with Pre B Cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), which is a type of Leukemia (cancer). It means the white blood cells in my bone marrow are BAD and they’re growing really fast not making enough room for the good cells. There are about 5,000 cases a year of ALL. Mommy and Daddy keep telling everyone we have a long road ahead of us, but I told them I will have my foot on the gas the whole way. There will be bad days, but the nurses and doctors at APH are the best in the whole world. They promised they would take care of me. Most of all, I have the support from family and friends.


Girl of the Year

Haley was honored to be named GIRL OF THE YEAR for Leukemia Lymphoma Society in 2016