It is an honor to introduce the Camryn Binkeez for Comfort. Camryn was diagnosed with standard risk, Pre-B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on April 12, 2016, just 2 weeks after she turned 2 years old.
As shared by her family.
She was your typical social, fun loving 2 year old with no real clear signs that anything was wrong. She was never lethargic, nor did she ever have a bruise on her body. The only thing that was odd, was that she would continue to catch every little cold, germ, or bug that came from her daycare. We took her to her pediatrician multiple times where they tested her blood, but didn’t see anything too alarming. Her hemoglobin (red blood cell counts) were lower than what is considered to be normal, but nothing in the “red flag” zone. We thought she was low on iron so we started giving her iron supplements (per her drs orders). However, her counts never came up. Finally the week before diagnosis, she got really sick with an awful cough, labored breathing, and a fever of 105 that we could break, but then it would always come back. Seeking answers, we rushed her to the ER where they did additional testing and scans and rushed us via an ambulance to Dell Children’s Hospital in downtown Austin, Texas.
On the evening of April 12, 2016, Blake and I got the news that no parent should ever have to hear….. “your baby has cancer”. Our world, as we knew it, fell apart, and as I sat there and sobbed uncontrollably fearing that I may lose my child, Camryn simply turns to me, wipes my tears away with her chubby baby hand and tells me not to cry. That’s the type of child that she is.
We began aggressive chemotherapy treatment the next day in hopes of saving her life. After the first 29 days of treatment, she achieved remission status (meaning that they could not see any signs of the disease). Although she was considered to be in remission, she is not cured by any means; she still needed to continue with aggressive chemo treatments for the next 2.5 years to make sure that it does not come back.
Her final day of chemo and treatment will be on July 13, 2018.
This is her story and journey……