Every year, thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Cancer remains the leading cause of death by diseases for children under age 15. The origins of pediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and although through discoveries are resulting in new treatments, these heartbreaking diseases continue to scar families and communities in ways that may never be able to heal.
Founder of 1Wish, Valerie was faced with this very same situation when she learned that her four-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Soon after her diagnoses, she, her family and the community would surround her daughter with support and repeatedly say “if we had one wish.” A wish for a cure, a wish to provide comfort care, support or anything to help Valerie’s daughter. Valerie transferred her care and treatment to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where it had been discovered that she had been misdiagnosed. Her daughter, in fact, was cancer-free and suffering from a treatable autoimmune disorder.